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September 30, 2014

David Jolly Wins GOP Special-Election Primary

David Jolly Wins GOP Special Election Primary

Courtesy David Jolly

Lobbyist David Jolly has defeated two GOP rivals to win his party’s nomination in the race to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Florida’s 13th District. His victory officially kicks off a high-stakes contest in one of Democrats’ top pickup opportunities of the cycle.

Jolly had 45 percent of the vote, with 96 precincts reporting, when The Associated Press called the race on Tuesday evening. State Rep. Kathleen Peters came in second with 31 percent, and Mark Bircher rounded out the pack with 24 percent.

Jolly will face former state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink in the March 11 general election in this St. Petersburg-based district. This special election marks the first truly competitive special election of the cycle, and many political insiders view it as a bellwether for the cycle.

Peters’ loss will mark a disappointment for a small but determined group of House Republican women who hoped that this race would add another female to their conference.

But ultimately Jolly ran the more organized campaign. He raised more money than Peters and outspent her on television.

Sink, the lone serious Democratic candidate in the race, coasted to her nomination.

The race is rated Tossup by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Young died in October.

  • phillyfanatic

    Note Roll Call uses the term, lobbyist Jolly. This is supposed to make Jolly look like a bum. Sink meanwhile is a fine Fla. Dem person who overcame…….not just a leftist who will prop up Obama and his minions. Hmmm.

    • BigYaz8

      I think they call him a lobbyist because he’s a lobbyist.

      Nowhere in the article is it stated that Sink is “fine” or “overcame” anything.

      Why are right-wingers such paranoid whiners?

    • dectra

      Son, stay on topic……we’re discussing Alex Sink and David Jolly……..

  • Guest

    I think they call him a lobbyist because he’s a lobbyist.

    Nowhere in the article is it stated that Sink is “fine” or “overcame” anything.

    Why are right-wingers such paranoid whiners?

  • WhitfieldGeorge

    I will be voting for Lucas Overby, the Libertarian Party candidate who is superior to both Jolly and Sink.

  • dectra

    Nothing like the GOP whining about ‘Dysfunctional Washington’ and then putting up Jolly, who is the poster boy for what’s wrong with the system.

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