Florida Republican David Jolly won the special election on Tuesday to fill the 13th district House seat left vacant by the death of Rep. Bill Young (R). With nearly all of the votes counted, Jolly had 48.5 percent of the vote vs. Democrat Alex Sink’s 46.7 percent.
Not even the Libertarian in the race, Lucas Overby, taking 4.8 percent was enough to stop Jolly. The GOP candidate fell $1.5 million short of the Democratic Sink in fundraising, and was outspent in negative campaigns ads via outside sources, which tallied a whopping $9 million total.
Yet the Democratic National Committee head Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said Jolly’s victory — the Democrat candidate’s loss — proved how weak the GOP is. Or something.
“Republican special interest groups poured in millions to hold onto a Republican congressional district that they’ve comfortably held for nearly 60 years. Tonight, Republicans fell short of their normal margin in this district because the agenda they are offering voters has a singular focus – that a majority of voters oppose – repealing the Affordable Care Act that would return us to the same old broken health care system.”
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