2014-03-12T002457Z_1_CBREA2B015O00_RTROPTP_2_USA-POLITICS-FLORIDA

Republican Party wins Florida congressional seat in special election

Republican David Jolly speaks during a candidate forum with Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby, all candidates for Florida's congressional District 13, in ClearwaterBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – Republican David Jolly won an expensive battle to fill a vacant U.S. Congressional seat in a special election watched by both major parties for what it portends for November when all 435 congressional seats will be up for grabs. Jolly, 41, defeated Democrat challenger Alex Sink, 65, a former state chief financial officer, by 3,500 votes or a 1.87 percent margin – 48.43 percent to 46.56 percent, according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website. Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby took 4.83 percent of the votes. Republicans were quick to declare the result a repudiation of President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act, known as Obamacare.

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