AOSHQDD: Offical Florida 13th CD Special Election Results Thread
Volunteers are still adding in the results- Pinellas is just rollling them in, but Jolly has won the race. We are canvassing and updating precincts now, but there’s nothing left for Sink
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.
Fundamentally, the district, left vacant by the death of longtime Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young, looks competitive but has a slight Democratic tinge. Barack Obama carried it 52 percent to 48 percent in 2008, but he had a more narrow victory four years later, when he won 50 percent to 49 percent.
Rothenberg will probably repudiate this analysis in the next couple of days, but still.
UPDATE: Heh. Not only was the race meaningless, and the meany GOP moneybags spent a lot of money (though not as much as the Dems), but the GOP candidate didn’t win by a big enough margin.
Also, the dog ate the Dem candidate.