In what could be classified as a minor upset, Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink last night in a special election for Congressional District 13. Sink, who was endorsed by the LSCU, was expected to win a close election, largely in part to her superior name recognition. Jolly won with 48.5 percent of the vote while Sink received 46.6 percent. Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby received 4.8 percent of the vote. Jolly will replace the late Rep. Bill Young who passed away in October.
"For all of the national interests in this race, this is a Pinellas County community. . . . what brings this county together like so many other communities is we are sick and tired of the vitriol and rhetoric on both sides," Jolly said following the victory and reported in the Tampa Bay Times.
Sink served as Florida’s Chief Financial Officer from 2006-2010. In 2010, Sink lost a razor thin gubernatorial election to Republican Rick Scott. Jolly is a former aide to Rep. Young and a lobbyist.
The League will now turn its attention to working with Congressman-elect Jolly as he transitions to his new office.
Visit the Tampa Bay Times to read the full election wrap up.