BREAKING: In Early Obamacare Battle, Republican Jolly Defeats Alex Sink – Despite Being Outspent by Millions

Posted by Jimmy Minnish on March 12, 2014 under Links | Be the First to Comment


In a widely watched battle for the Florida 13th district seat for the U.S. House of Representatives, David Jolly firmly defeated Alex Sink with early exit polling having the Republican at 50% to Sink’s 46%.

From the Tampa Bay Times:

Jolly’s victory over Democrat Alex Sink was secured about 7:30 p.m., and he will fill the seat that had been occupied more than four decades by his former boss, Rep. C.W. Bill Young, whose death in October set off the special election.

The contest drew national attention and eye-popping spending — more than $12 million, the bulk from outside groups that drowned out local issues and underscored a fundamental shift in control away from candidates.

Democrats hoped that a win in this early election would signal a chance to be able to get from under the cloud of Obamacare and make some gains in the midterms, but now it appears that Republicans will have the upper hand.

It was a costly loss for the left, as the Sink campaign had raised $2.5 million to Jolly’s $1 million by the last campaign contribution reporting period. Outside spending dwarfed those amounts and also tilted towards Sink:

The race is considered the most expensive special House election on record, with more than $12 million spent — $9 million of which came not from candidates but outside groups that unleashed a torrent of negative ads.

Looks like a great start to a mid-term elections to me!

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