Republican candidates head to special primary in Florida
Tampa Bay, Florida: Three Republican candidates-- Mark Bircher, David Jolly and Kathleen Peters-- will face off for the nomination in the Republican special primary election tomorrow. The special election will be held to fill the vacancy left by the death of Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R). Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Florida is split between Eastern and Central time zones.
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.
Florida has a closed primary system, in which the selection of a party's candidates in a primary election is limited to registered members of that party.
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.
- Florida's 13th congressional district special election, 2014
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- Special elections to the 113th United States Congress (2013-2014)
- Florida's 13th congressional district elections, 2014
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