UPDATE: Republican David Jolly wins. Current results here.
BREAKING: Republican David Jolly wins Fla. congressional special election in test race over health care.
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 11, 2014
You can spin #fl13 all you want, but result will mean hundreds of millions in anti-Obamacare ads in every race from now through November
— Conn Carroll (@conncarroll) March 11, 2014
If you don’t think Ds have a problem when they get 46% in a 51% Obama seat, please whistle quietly. You’re disturbing the graveyard. #FL13
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) March 11, 2014
Chances are this statement from Dem Alex Sink didn’t help:
There’s a special U.S. House election underway today in Florida’s 13th congressional district. The winner will replace Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who passed away last October. The race is between Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly. There’s also a Libertarian candidate, Lucas Overby, in the mix.
A quick intro from CNN:
From outward appearances Tuesday’s special election to fill a vacant congressional seat in Florida doesn’t seem to be that important. It’s just one of 435 seats in the U.S. House, and the winner will serve out a term that comes to a close at the end of the year. But the contest for Florida 13 has landed smack in the middle of the national political spotlight. It’s seen by some pundits as a bellwether for November’s midterm elections, and there’s been a massive infusion of outside ad money into the race to try to influence the outcome. A special election this far out from Election Day rarely gives us a preview of what will actually happen in November, but the party that does come out on top gets bragging rights until the next election.
For a bit of background reading on how some are viewing the race:
- Washington Post – Everything you need to know about today’s special election in Florida
- Roll Call – Florida Tossup Tests Patterns for Special Elections
- RealClearPolitics – What Should We Read Into FL-13? Maybe Nothing.
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