Jolly defeats Sink in tight race for District 13 seat - FOX 13 News

Jolly defeats Sink in tight race for District 13 seat

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Republican David Jolly has won the congressional race to replace the late Republican Rep. Bill Young.

With all precincts reporting, Jolly claimed 48.4% of the vote. Alex Sink got 46.5%, and Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby took 4.8%.

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Jolly is a former aide for Young and a lobbyist. Sink is a former state chief financial officer and was the Democratic nominee for governor in 2010, narrowly losing to Republican Rick Scott.

In his victory speech, Jolly acknowledged that many people voted for the other candidates, and may have a "different view of government." But he said he is not a partisan.

"This race is about representing Pinellas County and serving the people in this community," Jolly said.

Sink came out and addressed her supporters, saying she called Jolly to concede the race and congratulate him.

She said she didn't know what the future would hold, but she will continue to serve.

"My values have always been to do good for my family, my community, my state and my country," Sink said.

The race was widely watched, and seen as an early test of how President Barack Obama's health care overhaul will play in November's midterm elections.

It attracted national attention and millions of dollars. Local issues took a backseat to the health care law as both national parties and outside groups flooded the swing-voting district with ads, phone calls and mailings about "Obamacare."

Democrats and Republicans used the race to audition national strategies.

While Republicans held the congressional seat for more than four decades until Young's death last year, district's voters favored Obama in the 2008 and 2012.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report

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