Jolly defeats challengers for nomination in Florida
Tampa Bay, Florida: Republican David Jolly defeated challengers Mark Binder and state Rep. Kathleen Peters in a race that was called in his favor less than an hour after polls closed yesterday. He won with almost 45 percent of the total votes, according to unofficial election results. The special election is being held to fill the vacancy left by the death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R).
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," the family said. "His doctors say his prognosis is guarded." 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.
Jolly will face Alex Sink (D), Lucas Overby (L) and write-in candidate Michael Levinson in the special general election on March 11, 2014. Sink is viewed as a formidable challenger, having raised around $1.1 million since joining the race in October 2013. She has already gained the backing of several top Democratic groups, including the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and EMILY’s List. During the same time period, Jolly reported $388,000 raised. Jolly has received notable contributions from Wayne Berman, a Republican lobbyist, and retired game show host Bob Barker.
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.
|U.S. House, Florida District 13 Republican Primary, 2014|
|Source: Unofficial results via Associated Press|
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