People in Pinellas County are deciding on who will fill the late Bill Young's seat in Congress, and political eyes from around the country are keeping a close watch.
Months of campaigning and millions of dollars are on the line today, in a very competitive battle between Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly.
The District 13 Congressional seat is now the hottest race in the nation, and it will be up for grabs again in November. About $13 million from outside groups has been poured into the race.
"It's raised the level of interest in the race. The majority of people in Pinellas know we're having an election today, and people all over the nation know about Pinellas County," Sink told FOX 13 before she cast her vote this morning.
Her Republican challenger was all smiles as he voted in Indian Shores, saying today was "all about the voters."
"At the end of the day, voters get to decide among three great candidates," he told FOX 13. "We all have different views of government, and so the voters will determine how much percentages Lucas gets, how much I get, how much Alex gets. I feel confident going into tonight. Today's going to be a good day for the Jolly campaign."
It also means all those negative campaign ads will be gone. Most of them in this race have focused on the Affordable Care Act, and public perception of the new law could be a major factor in the minds of voters.
Libertarian Lucas Overby is also in the running. After voting this morning, he took some time to do some last-minute campaigning in Clearwater. He joined supporters waving and holding signs.
The polls are open until 7 tonight, and you can find polling locations at: http://votepinellas.com/
Watch full interviews with Sink and Jolly by clicking on the video player.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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