Republican David Jolly and Democrat Alex Sink squared off in a special election that pundits on both sides consider a litmus test for the 2014 mid-term elections. Is this the case?
District 13 has an interesting history, The district had long been considered a Republican stronghold. Since 1970 it was represented by Republican Bill Young. However, it has only supported a Republican for President once since 1988, and that was in 2004. The recent election of David Jolly was a very tight victory. This would lead the Democrats to be heartened to see such a close race. But the story does not end there.
Spending seems to be an issue with the media, as well it should since most of that spending is sent their way. $3.5 million was spent in television ads for David Jolly, while $4.6 million was spent in support of Alex Sink. You can buy a lot of advertising for $1 million bucks. When you consider that Jolly also had to drop money into winning a primary, the amount of money available to him to fight Sink is reduced.
Much will be made about how this was, or was not about the issue of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), that claim would be a total fabrication. While David Jolly ran strictly on overturning the ACA, Alex Sink took a slightly modified approach. Sink did not run in support of the act, nor against the act. She ran for modifying the act…the “lets fix it” approach.
The Democrat National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schmidt is downplaying the results, and really what choice does she have. The Democrats brought out Vice President Biden and President Bill Clinton as their heavy hitters for Sink. Sink is not an unknown in Florida. Sink was elected Florida Chief Financial Officer in 2006, and ran for Governor in 2010 losing by only 1% to Rick Scott.
The DNC would love to have us believe this race was of no importance to them, but the numbers tell a different story. The ACA is the albatross the Democrats would love to forget.