GOP Wins 'Fall Preview' House Race
ObamaCare loomed large in Fla. special election
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 12, 2014 12:04 AM CDT
Alex Sink delivers her concession speech after being defeated by David Jolly for Florida's 13th Congressional District.   (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Dirk Shadd)

(Newser) – Republican David Jolly has narrowly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in a Tampa-area House district where President Obama's health care overhaul got its first test ahead of November's midterm elections and both sides spent millions auditioning national strategies. With almost 100% of the vote counted, Jolly had 48.5% of the vote to Sink's 46.7%. Libertarian Lucas Overby had 4.8%. The election was to replace 42-year Republican Rep. CW Bill Young, who died in October of cancer, and the evenly divided district had been considered a toss-up.

Jolly campaigned on repealing the health care law, saying in one ad that Sink would undermine Medicare because of Democratic-passed cuts. Sink, the Democratic nominee for governor in 2010, painted Jolly as an extremist who wants to "take us back" to when people were denied coverage due to existing conditions. The implications of the dueling messages for the midterm elections inspired both parties to call in star advocates like Bill Clinton and Paul Ryan, in addition to blanketing the district with ads, calls, and mailings.

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Mar 13, 2014 9:31 PM CDT
THE FALL PREVIEW!! YEE!! HAA!! WHAT HAVE I BEEN SAYING ALL ALONG!! NOW IT WILL HAPPEN!!! ,the REP take control in Nov 2014,repeal Obamacare , give us less taxes, fix the debt, & GET BACK RESPECT & CREDIBILITY TO THE USA !.. Then in Nov 2016 Gov. Christie will be prez!!!! and everything will be AOK in the USA on Jan 20, 2017!! THERE YA GO!! YEE!! HAA!!
Mar 13, 2014 4:18 PM CDT
Lets make this the beginning! Throw out all of Obama's "Progressives" and the "Old Guard Republicans" too. We need to clean house! Insist these new representatives actually "represent" America, repeal Obamacare, cut spending, reign in the NSA, IRS, and reestablish a direction toward individual freedoms not more government taxes and regulation.
Mar 13, 2014 3:13 AM CDT
i'm waiting to read some comments from those who said another republican would never be elected... well, the people have spoken and the dems should now be very, very worried.