Republican David Jolly won the Congressional District 13 race and narrowly defeated Democrat Alex Sink. Jolly received 89,099 votes or 48.4% of the ballots cast. Sink received 85,642 votes or 46.5% of the votes. Jolly won by 3,457 votes. Liberterian Lucas Overby received 8,893 votes or 4.83% of the votes. Voter turnout was 39.43%, according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office. The unofficial results include early voting and mail ballots with all 237 precincts reporting. Dr. Susan McManus, WFLA-TV’s political consultant, called this Congressional race an expensive one with both national parties backing their candidates with a barrage of television ads before today’s election. The race also measured how Pinellas County voters felt about President Obama, Obama Care and which party drew more votes from women and independents, McManus said.
Jolly’s victory means he will take over the Congressional seat left vacant by Congressman C.W. Bill Young, who died in October last year. Jolly was the General Counsel and aide to Young before he became a lobbyist. Jolly will be on the ballot again this November for re-election to Congress.