By John W. Lillpop
In what Republicans hope is a bell weather of the mid-term elections slated for November, Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in Florida Tuesday night. This election was touted as the first test of Obamacare where it really counts: Inside the voting booth!
As reported at the reference:
With almost 100 percent of the vote counted, Jolly had 48.5 percent of the vote to Sink's 46.7 percent. Libertarian Lucas Overby had 4.8 percent. The election was to replace 42-year Republican Rep. CW Bill Young, who died in October of cancer, and the evenly divided district had been considered a toss-up.
The implications of the dueling messages for the midterm elections inspired both parties to call in star advocates like former President Bill Clinton and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, in addition to blanketing the district with ads, calls and mailings. More than $11 million has been spent on the race, according to the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit group that tracks government information.
Jolly's election night headquarters in Clearwater Beach erupted into loud cheers as it became clear he was the winner. In his victory speech, Jolly simultaneously struck a conciliatory tone and expressed gratitude for his mentor, Young, and Young's family. Jolly was introduced by former "Price is Right" game show host Bob Barker, via video. Young's two adult sons were also onstage with Jolly, and he embraced them at the end of his speech.
Jolly didn't mention the issue that dominated much of the campaign - the president's health care package - and instead said that Pinellas County must work together. “
Although this is just one election, it will be interesting to see how Democrats react: Will this defeat put pressure on Barack Obama to do more to get Obamacare off the backs of voters?