Jolly and Sink face off in Florida special election
Tampa Bay, Florida: Republican nominee David Jolly will take on former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink (D) in the special election for the 13th District tomorrow. Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby and write-in candidate Michael Levinson will also appear on the ballot. The special election is being held to fill the vacancy left by the death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R). All polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
On October 9, 2013, Young announced that he would retire at the end of his term in 2014. He cited several factors as to why he chose not to run for re-election, including his health and his desire to spend more time with his family. On October 17, 2013, Young's family released a statement announcing that he was "gravely ill." "U.S. Rep. C. W. Bill Young's condition turned for the worse over night and he is gravely ill. His doctors say his prognosis is guarded," the family said. Young died on October 18, 2013, following complications resulting from a chronic injury. At the time of his death, Young was the longest serving House Republican.
As of February 2014, a total of seven outside groups have spent more than six figures on television advertising. An estimated $12.5 million was spent in the election, with less than one-third coming from the candidates' own campaigns.
The top Republican spenders included the National Republican Congressional Committee with a $1.3 million spending total, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at $800,000, American Crossroads at approximately $350,000 and American Action Network with $439,000.
The top Democratic spenders included the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee with a $886,000 spending tab, the League of Conservation Voters at about $346,000 and House Majority PAC with $495,000.
The special election is expected to cost just over $1 million-- $458,668 for the Republican primary and $604,021 for the general election. The cost would have been higher had a Democratic primary been necessary. The winner will face re-election for a full term in November.
- Florida's 13th congressional district special election, 2014
- Florida's 13th congressional district
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