Florida's 13th congressional district special election, 2014
|Elections in Florida|
A special election for Florida's 13th congressional district was held March 11, 2014, to elect a member of the United States House of Representatives, following the death of incumbent Republican Congressman Bill Young on October 18, 2013. Primary elections were held on January 14, 2014. Young, who had already announced that he would not be running for re-election in 2014, was re-elected in 2012 with 57 percent of the vote. With 100% of the precincts reporting, David Jolly was declared the winner of the special election.
- 1 Background
- 2 Republican primary
- 3 Democratic nomination
- 4 General election
- 5 References
- 6 External links
On October 9, 2013, Republican Bill Young, who had held this Tampa Bay-area district since 1971, announced that he would not run for re-election to a twenty-second term in 2014. He died 9 days later and this special election was called to fill his seat. Though Young had been re-elected by wide margins, the district in recent years had become competitive. In the four most recent presidential elections, it was won by Al Gore over George W. Bush in 2000 51%-49%, by Bush with 51%-49% in 2004, by Barack Obama over John McCain 51%-47% and again carried by Obama in 2012 by a narrower 50%-49% over Mitt Romney. Some political commentators and journalists viewed this election as a possible, but not certain, bellwether for the fall 2014 elections.
- Mark Bircher, retired United States Marine Corps Brigadier General
- David Jolly, attorney and former general counsel to Bill Young
- Kathleen Peters, State Representative
- Larry Ahern, State Representative
- Joseph Ayoub, Mayor of Safety Harbor
- Rick Baker, former Mayor of St. Petersburg
- Neil Brickfield, former Pinellas County Commissioner
- George Cretekos, Mayor of Clearwater
- Larry Crow, former State Representative
- Bob Gualtieri, Pinellas County sheriff
- Frank Hibbard, former Mayor of Clearwater
- Michael Pinson, publisher
- Karen Seel, Pinellas County Commissioner
- Beverly Young, widow of Bill Young
- Bill "Billy" Young II, son of Bill Young
- Tom Young, brother of Bill Young
- Nick Zoller, Republican consultant and strategist
|St. Pete Polls||January 9, 2014||653||± 3.8%||26.3%||36.5%||23.9%||13.3%|
|Gravis Marketing||January 8, 2014||976||± 3%||25%||34%||28%||14%|
|St. Pete Polls||December 30, 2013||488||± 4.4%||17.7%||39.4%||27.7%||15.1%|
|St. Pete Polls||December 18, 2013||660||± 3.8%||16.1%||34.9%||30.2%||18.9%|
|St. Pete Polls||December 3, 2013||534||± 4.2%||17.2%||27.8%||27.1%||28.0%|
|St. Pete Polls||November 18, 2013||582||± 4.1%||—||—||—||—||39.2%||17.3%||—||30.9%||12.6%|
|St. Pete Polls||November 5, 2013||498||± 4.4%||—||16.8%||—||15%||18.7%||—||—||28.7%||20.8%|
|St. Pete Polls||October 15, 2013||742||± 3.6%||51%||7%||4%||—||2%||—||10%||27%||—|
- Alex Sink, former Chief Financial Officer of Florida and nominee for Governor of Florida in 2010
- Janet C. Long, Pinellas County Commissioner
- Charlie Justice, Pinellas County Commissioner and nominee for Florida's 10th congressional district in 2010
- David Jolly (Republican), attorney and former general counsel to Bill Young
- Michael S. Levinson (write-in)
- Lucas Overby (Libertarian), commercial diver and activist
- Alex Sink (Democratic), former Chief Financial Officer of Florida and nominee for Governor of Florida in 2010
One voter was confused by a website called "sinkforcongress2014" accepting donations to the National Republican Congressional Committee to defeat Sink and other Democrats, thinking it was a pro-Sink website. His $250 donation was refunded by the NRCC.
David Jolly, Lucas Overby, and Alex Sink, the three candidates appearing on the ballot for the special election, took part in a televised debate on February 3, 2014. Held at the Seminole Campus of St. Petersburg College and co-hosted by the Tampa Bay Times and Bay News 9, the event aired live on C-SPAN 3. Al Ruechel, Adam Smith, and Amy Hollyfield served as moderators. The debate can be viewed in its entirety here.
A non-scientific poll conducted after the debate by Bay News 9 indicated that overall viewers felt David Jolly had won with 37% of the vote, followed by Alex Sink with 33% and Lucas Overby with 30%.
During the campaign, the Center for Responsive Politics reported on February 13, 2014, that outside groups had spent $3.5 million on the election, with $2.6 million of that from groups that support Jolly. This makes it the most expensive election of the 2014 cycle so far and one of the most expensive special congressional elections in history.
The Associated Press reports that $11 million total was spent as the Democratic Party poured money into the campaign in its final weeks. In the end, Sink outspent Jolly by 3 to 1 on television ads as well as outspending him overall.
|Public Policy Polling||March 7–9, 2014||702||± 3.7%||45%||48%||6%||2%|
|RedRacingHorses & PMI inc.||February 25–27, 2014||391||± 6%||46%||44%||5%||5%|
|St. Pete Polls||February 25, 2014||1,269||± 2.8%||45.6%||45.9%||6.4%||2.1%|
|Fabrizio, Lee & Associates||February 17–18, 2014||400||± 4.9%||44%||42%||—||14%|
|St. Pete Polls||February 12, 2014||1,130||± 2.9%||46.2%||44%||6.6%||2.4%|
|St. Leo University||February 9–11, 2014||400||± 5%||37%||46%||12%||5%|
|Braun Research||February 4–9, 2014||603||± 4%||35%||42%||4%||14%|
|DCCC||January 24, 2014||527||± 4.3%||45%||49%||—||6%|
|McLaughlin & Associates||January 16–19, 2014||400||± 4.9%||43%||38%||4%||15%|
|St. Pete Polls||January 15, 2014||1,278||± 2.7%||47%||42.8%||4.4%||5.9%|
|St. Pete Polls||December 3, 2013||1,128||± 2.9%||36.3%||49%||5.6%||8.8%|
|St. Pete Polls||November 18, 2013||1,252||± 2.8%||34.9%||49.3%||—||15.7%|
|St. Pete Polls||November 5, 2013||1,079||± 3%||31%||51.5%||—||17.5%|
- Alex Isenstadt (October 18, 2013). "Bill Young, longest-serving House Republican, dies". Politico. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
- Abby Livingston (October 30, 2013). "Florida House Special-Election Date Scheduled". Roll Call.
- "November 6, 2012 General Election – Official Results". Florida Department of State. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
- Kucinich, Jackie (November 22, 2013). In Fla., late Rep. Young’s purple-trending district will test waters for 2014 midterms. The Washington Post.
- WSJ Republican David Jolly beat his Democratic opponent Alex Sink on Tuesday in a Florida special election for Congress seen as a bellwether for this year's midterms.
- TheHill.com Lackluster candidates, millions spent, a third-party candidate: Every detail of Tuesday’s special election in Florida’s 13th District makes it unusual, but the bellwether district is still the first indication of the 2014 electoral mood.
- CNN But the contest for Florida 13 has landed smack in the middle of the national political spotlight. It's seen by some pundits as a bellwether for November's midterm elections. (written before the election, and pretty dang close to the Wikipedia usage)
- HuffPo Florida's 13th District Bellwether Report: Why Obamacare's Least Of Democrats' Worries (post-election)
- New York Magazine Whether or not it’s a bellwether, “It's now likely impossible for Democrats to pick enough seats in November to even have a chance of regaining the House of Representatives,” writes Ben Jacobs in The Daily Beast. Gaining 17 seats was always a long shot. But the fact that Obama won the 13th district twice made it one that was potentially up for grabs after the death of Bill Young, who held the seat for 40 years. The big question now is if Republicans can pick up six seats for control of the Senate in November.
- The pundits:
- “[T]hese results in the swingiest district in the swing state of Florida are a clear sign that, unless something changes, Democrats are in big trouble this fall.” —Jacobs
- “Whether or not what happened Tuesday in Florida is a bellwether of anything, it will unnerve Democrats and energize Republicans.” —Cillizza
- “The victory will embolden Republicans as they head into the midterm election and bolster their message — that the nation disapproves of the Affordable Care Act and Mr. Obama’s leadership.” —New York Times
- “Democrats had a better-funded, well-known nominee who ran a strong campaign against a little-known, second- or third-tier Republican who ran an often wobbly race … Outside Republican groups — much more so than the under-funded Jolly campaign — hung the Affordable Care Act and President Obama on Sink. It worked.” —Florida political analyst Adam C. Smith
- “[T]he Florida contest may or may not be a bellwether. But it did lay bare the Democrats' 'fix Obamacare' dilemma.” —Byron York (all from New York Magazine)
- AP After months of railing against President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, Republicans scored a key victory in a hard-fought congressional race that had been closely watched as a bellwether of midterm elections in November.
- CBS DC The chairman also touted a key victory this week in a hard-fought Florida congressional race that is seen as a possible bellwether of November midterm election. Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in a special election Tuesday that largely turned on President Barack Obama’s health care law. (considered a major player in political punditry in DC)
- Canada Free Press In a bellwether special Congressional race, a long-time aide for a long-time Congressman, a flawed (and former lobbyist) Republican David Jolly faced off against Florida’s 2010 Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink to finish out the term of recently deceased Bill Young, who had represented the district for forty-two years, the longest serving Republican in the House of Representatives.
- Sunshine State News In what was billed as a bellwether for November, Republican David Jolly defeated Democratic rival former state CFO Alex Sink by nearly 2 percentage points in a special election Tuesday to win the seat held for decades by his former boss, the late U.S. Rep. Bill Young.
- WSJ Professional political observers and journalists touted the election as a bellwether. "It's rare in politics that anything other than a presidential contest is viewed as a 'must win'--but the special election in Florida's 13th District falls into that category for Democrats," wrote Stuart Rothenberg back in January:
- A loss in the competitive March 11 contest would almost certainly be regarded by dispassionate observers as a sign that President Barack Obama could constitute an albatross around the neck of his party's nominees in November. And that could make it more difficult for Democratic candidates, campaign committees and interest groups to raise money and energize the grass roots.
- DigiNews But Young was a moderate, and his district is a swing district; both sides treated it as a bellwether.
- NY Magazine This race was a bellwether to be sure — not of what’s going to happen in November, but of the true idiocy of our political culture. A ludicrous $12 million in campaign spending was poured into this single district in which fewer than 200,000 people voted. Much of the bloviocracy hyped the race before and after as a battle akin to Ali-Frazier or, perhaps given the Florida setting, Bush vs. Gore, and as a decisive verdict on the political valence of Obamacare. And now both sides are overreading meaning into an election decided by less than 2 percent of the vote (under 4,000 votes) in a race where a third-party Libertarian candidate received almost 5 percent of the vote.
- Curtis Krueger (November 19, 2013). "State Rep. Kathleen Peters enters Pinellas congressional race, creating a GOP contest". Tampa Bay Times.
- "Rick Baker won't run for Young's seat, but David Jolly will". Tampa Bay Times. November 2, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
- Curtis Krueger (November 18, 2013). "State Rep. Peters files paperwork for Pinellas congressional seat, plans announcement for Tuesday". Tampa Bay Times.
- Peter Schorsch (November 10, 2013). "Rick Baker endorses David Jolly in special election for Congressional District 13". SaintPetersBlog.
- "Safety Harbor Mayor Ayoub not running for Congress and so far not supporting GOP candidate David Jolly". November 13, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
- Peter Schorsch (November 2, 2013). "Former St. Pete mayor Rick Baker announcing he is NOT running for Congressional District 13". SaintPetersBlog.
- Peter Schorsch (November 2, 2013). "Former Pinellas Commissioner Brickfield will not run for Congress". Tampa Bay Times.
- Curtis Krueger (November 2, 2013). "Who's in, who's out in race for Rep. C.W. Bill Young's seat". Tampa Bay Times.
- Curtis Krueger (November 7, 2013). "Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says no to congressional run". Tampa Bay Times.
- Curtis Krueger (November 7, 2013). "GOP's Gualtieri and Hibbard rule out campaign to replace Young in Congress". Tampa Bay Times.
- Peter Schorsch (November 6, 2013). "Tea Party loon, charity scammer Michael Pinson announces he won't run for Congress". SaintPetersBlog.
- Curtis Krueger (November 5, 2013). "Pinellas Commissioner Karen Seel won't run for Congress". Tampa Bay Times.
- Peter Schorsch (November 1, 2013). "Bill Young, Jr. announces HE WILL NOT seek his father's congressional seat". SaintPetersBlog.
- Curtis Krueger (November 11, 2013). "Tom Young won't run for his brother's seat in Congress". Tampa Bay Times.
- Peter Schorsch (October 22, 2013). "CD 13 aspirant Nick Zoller tells me he won't run in special election; wants Beverly Young to complete term". SaintPetersBlog.
- Adam C. Smith (December 18, 2013). "Allen West backs Mark Bircher in race for Young seat". Tampa Bay Times.
- Peter Schorsch (November 14, 2013). "David Jolly gets key Pinellas endorsement from Sen. Jeff Brandes". SaintPetersBlog.
- "Clearwater Fraternal Order of Police Endorses Republican David Jolly for Congress" (PDF). Friends of David Jolly. November 21, 2013.
- Curtis Krueger (December 10, 2013). "Endorsement wars are raging in Pinellas congressional race". Tampa Bay Times.
- Peter Schorsch (November 17, 2013). "Property Appraiser Pam Dubov backs David Jolly's bid for CD 13". SaintPetersBlog.
- Peter Schorsch (November 8, 2013). "U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent endorses David Jolly's congressional bid". SaintPetersBlog.
- Curtis Krueger (November 8, 2013). "Endorsements for Congressional candidate David Jolly". Tampa Bay Times.
- Bob Barker says ‘the choice is right’ – CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs
- Curtis Krueger (December 17, 2013). "Farkas endorses Peters, contractors endorse Jolly in Pinellas GOP congress race". Tampa Bay Times.
- "Tribune endorses David Jolly for District 13 GOP primary". Tampa Tribune. December 22, 2013.
- Phil Ammann (November 30, 2013). "Bill Young Jr. helping to host Dec. 4 fundraiser for Kathleen Peters". SaintPetersBlog.
- Peter Schorsch (December 10, 2013). "Email Insights: not-too-bitter Bill Foster endorses Kathleen Peters". SaintPetersBlog.
- Abby Livingston (December 9, 2013). "House GOP Women Fundraise for Florida Special Candidate (Updated)". RollCall.
- Curtis Krueger (November 21, 2013). "In Pinellas congressional race, Peters and Jolly receive new endorsementss". Tampa Bay Times.
- "Times recommends: Kathleen Peters for U.S. House GOP primary". Tampa Bay Times. December 16, 2013.
- . Associated Press http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2014/by_state/FL_US_House_0114.html?SITE=AP&SECTION=POLITICS. Retrieved January 14, 2014. Missing or empty
- Adam C. Smith (October 30, 2013). "Alex Sink is running for C.W. Bill Young's congressional seat, will move to Pinellas". Tampa Bay Times.
- Abby Livingston (November 6, 2013). "Democrat Suspends Campaign Against Alex Sink in Florida District". Roll Call.
- Curtis Krueger (October 28, 2013). "Pinellas Commissioner Janet Long decides against running for Congress". Tampa Bay Times.
- "Pinellas Commissioner Charlie Justice won't run for Young's seat, Libertarian Lucas Overby will". Tampa Bay Times. October 25, 2012. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
- Curtis Krueger (November 12, 2013). "Congressional candidate Alex Sink touts Pinellas endorsements". Tampa Bay Times.
- Peter Schorsch (December 2, 2013). "Alex Sink picks up more endorsements from Pinellas elected officials". SaintPetersBlog.
- Peter Schorsch (November 14, 2013). "Dog bites man: Kathy Castor endorses Alex Sink for Congress". SaintPetersBlog.
- "EMILY's List Endorses Alex Sink For Florida Congressional Seat". Talking Points Memo. October 31, 2013. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
- Curtis Krueger (November 20, 2013). "Congressional candidate Jolly calls for replacing controversial flood insurance program". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
- Leary, Alex (February 3, 2014). "Campaign site misleads man into donating money against Sink". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
- Florida 13th District Debate | Video | C-SPAN.org
- "Who do you think did best at Monday night's Congressional debate?". Bay News 9. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
- "Outside Spending Dominates in Florida, to Jolly's Benefit". OpenSecrets. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
- "Florida Special Election Results: David Jolly Wins House Seat In State's 13th District". Associated Press/Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
- Curtis Krueger (January 15, 2014). "Kathleen Peters not ready to endorse David Jolly". Tampa Bay Times.
- Rick Scott raising money for David Jolly - SaintPetersBlog
- Kevin Derby (January 23, 2014). "John McCain, NRCC Help Out David Jolly Over Alex Sink". Sunshine State News.
- Curtis Krueger (January 20, 2014). "After balking, GOP candidate supports David Jolly in Pinellas congressional race". Tampa Bay Times.
- Rand Paul Does American Crossroads Robocall to Thwart Libertarian Candidate in FL-13
- Marco Rubio highlights his support of David Jolly over Alex Sink | Sunshine State News
- "Tribune endorsement: David Jolly for U.S. House District 13". Tampa Tribune. February 9, 2014. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
- Jed Ziggler (January 13, 2014). "Gary Johnson endorses Lucas Overby". Independent Political Report.
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- Pinellas - Election Results