Democrated National Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is on full “spin cycle” after favored Alex Sink’s devastating blow in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. This district is know as a swing district after the 2012 election where President Obama beat Mitt Romney in Pinellas County with about 52 percent of the vote, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The county now has about 225,000 registered Democrats compared to about 219,000 registered Republicans. Pinellas County makes up the bulk of Florida’s 13 Congressional District’s voting bloc. According to a recent ABC news story campaign spending reached “colossal levels.”
Campaign spending reached colossal levels in this race, with the combined total raised by both Republicans and Democrats (through individual candidate fundraising and outside group support) totaling more than $12 million.
Though both candidates relied on outside contributions from groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, NRCC, DCCC, American Crossroads and the House Majority PAC, on an individual level, Sink trumped Jolly by raising more than $2.5 million to Jolly’s $1.04 million. Following the numbers provided by OpenSecrets, total outside spending on behalf of each candidate comes to more than $4.3 million. Combined, the overall total amount outside groups spent on Florida’s 13th Congressional District comes to about $8.7 million, an amount that has been popularly rounded up to $9 million for illustrative purposes.
According to predictions and polls from Thursday, February 13 from Saint Leo University, Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/WUSF Public Media poll of likely voters and our own “It Score” the advantage was with Sink
|Poll||Sink (D)||Jolly (R)||Overby (L)||Advantage|
|Saint Leo University||46||37||12||Sink +9|
|Times/Bay News 9/WUSF||42||35||4||Sink +7|
Alex Sink has conceded the race. With all precincts reporting, Jolly holds a lead of 3,367 votes, capturing 48.43% of the vote to 46.55% for Sink and 4.83% for Overby. Rand Paul probably helped swing libertarian votes to Jolly in the final days leading to the election.
Democrated National Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz seemed to put a spin on the outcome.
Wasserman Schultz on full spin cycle after devastating blow in Fla.
by Michael Dorstewitz, March 12, 2014
The smoke has cleared from Tuesday’s special election in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, and the Democratic Party’s washing machine is stuck on the spin cycle. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz now claims that the election’s results exposed the Republican camp’s weaknesses.
Uh, wait a minute. Didn’t Republican David Jolly beat Dem favorite Alex Sink? Indeed, he did, but a little thing like the truth didn’t stop Wasserman Schultz from claiming victory for her party.
Wasserman Schultz Says Dem Loss in Special Election Shows GOP Weakness
by BRIDGET JOHNSON, March 11, 2014 – 6:06 pm
Republican David Jolly won the special election to fill the House seat left vacant by the death of his former boss, Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.).
With nearly all of the votes counted Tuesday night, Jolly had 48.5 percent of the vote to Alex Sink’s 46.7 percent. Libertarian Lucas Overby had 4.8 percent.
Sink lost the 2010 governor’s race to Rick Scott. The Democratic Party sunk extensive ad funding into the congressional battle, and DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) tried to paint the loss as a positive.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz: GOP ‘underperformed’ by winning Fla. special election
Joe Newby, March 12, 2014
After Tuesday’s special election in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, DNC boss Debbie Wasserman Schultz spun the Republican win in true Orwellian fashion by claiming the GOP “underperformed.”
Republican David Jolly won Tuesday’s election with 48.5 percent of the vote compared to 46.6 percent for Democrat Alex Sink. Libertarian Lucas Overby had 4.8 percent.
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What to make of Florida
Mar 12th 2014, 17:52 by Lexington
REPUBLICANS are drawing broad national lessons from their victory on March 11th in a special election in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. With ill-disguised glee, they note that their candidate, David Jolly, won a district that twice voted for President Barack Obama after a campaign which pounded his better-known Democratic rival, Alex Sink, over her support for Obamacare.
The cheering was especially loud among those campaigning for a Republican take-over of the Senate in November’s mid-term elections (it can be taken for granted that Republicans will maintain control of the House of Representatives). Conservatives are starting to murmur about 2014 being a “wave” election-year, thanks to Mr Obama’s falling approval ratings (it fell to 41% in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, a record low) and public suspicions of Obamacare.
Republican Jolly wins Fla. congressional race
CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. — Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink on Tuesday in a Tampa-area House district where President Barack 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 percent of the vote counted, Jolly had 48.5 percent of the vote to Sink’s 46.7 percent. Libertarian Lucas Overby had 4.8 percent. 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.
The implications of the dueling messages for the midterm elections inspired both parties to call in star advocates like former President Bill Clinton and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, in addition to blanketing the district with ads, calls and mailings. More than $11 million has been spent on the race, according to the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit group that tracks government information.
Republican David Jolly wins Florida special election
By Benjy Sarlin UPDATED 03/11/14 10:02 PM
Republican David Jolly has won the special election in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, defeating Democratic candidate Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby.
With all precincts reporting, Jolly holds a lead of about 3,400 votes, capturing 48.43% of the vote to 46.56% for Sink and 4.83% for Overby. Sink has conceded the race.
Jolly’s victory is a minor upset for the GOP. Sink held an advantage among early voters and a slim lead in pre-election polls. A handful of unnamed Republican officials had even taken to the press to trash Jolly’s campaign ahead of an expected loss. But when the polls closed, Jolly’s advantage with election-day voters quickly sealed Sink’s fate.
Republican David Jolly wins special congressional election in Florida
Last Updated Mar 11, 2014 8:30 PM EDT
CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. – Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink on Tuesday in a Tampa-area House district where President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul got its first test ahead of November’s midterm elections.
Democrats and Republicans spent millions of dollars in the race to succeed the late Rep. Bill Young, with both parties auditioning national strategies for the rest of the year.
With almost 100 percent of the vote counted, Jolly had 48.5 percent of the vote to Sink’s 46.7 percent. Libertarian Lucas Overby had 4.8 percent.
Sink conceded shortly before 8 p.m.
David Jolly defeats Alex Sink in Florida 13th
By ALEX ISENSTADT, Updated: 3/12/14 8:05 AM EDT
Republican David Jolly narrowly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in the special election for Florida’s 13th District on Tuesday in an unusually expensive race watched closely by both parties as the midterm election season kicks into high gear.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Jolly beat Sink, 48.5 percent to 46.6 percent, according to The Associated Press.
Both Democrats and the GOP plowed millions of dollars into the swing district race in hopes of an election year boost. The results appeared to vindicate the strategy of the GOP, which focused its attacks on linking Sink to Obamacare and managed to win with an untested candidate who had frustrated many in the national party.
Sink was “ultimately brought down because of her unwavering support for Obamacare, and that should be a loud warning for other Democrats running coast to coast,” National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden said in a statement.
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