Republican David Jolly beats Alex Sink in Florida special election

Republican David Jolly narrowly defeated Democrat Alex Sink on Tuesday in a Tampa-area House race largely seen as a critical test for ObamaCare.

With nearly 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 race to replace the late Rep. Bill Young was considered a tossup, and was cast as a political bellwether, and a testing ground for each party’s messaging strategy — which revolves in part around the Affordable Care Act…

…”This race is not about defending a broken agenda in Washington or advancing a broken agenda in Washington. This race is about serving the people in our own community,” he said. “Let’s dispense with the rancor and vitriol of the last five months.”…



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Update:  ‘Underperforming’ Debbie Wasserman Schultz makes hacktastic attempt to spin Florida election loss

…From her statement:

Tonight, Republicans fell short of their normal margin in this district because the agenda they are offering voters has a singular focus – that a majority of voters oppose – repealing the Affordable Care Act that would return us to the same old broken health care system.

But this was dismantled in one tweet from the indispensable Jim Geraghty…



Update 2: Reactions to the Earthquake in #FL13 (video)

Is it January 2010 all over again, when Scott Brown’s anti-Obamacare victory portended huge Republican gains in November?



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