Republican David Jolly wrung out a victory during a special election in Florida on Tuesday for the Tampa Bay-area district vacated by the late Rep. Bill Young.
As our friends at It’s All Politics reported, the neck-and-neck race between Jolly and Democrat Alex Sink was seen as “a proxy for how President Obama and his signature health care legislation will play at the polls in November.”
So, of course, observers will say that Jolly’s victory signals that Republicans will keep their majority in the House after the November midterm elections.
In the end, Jolly beat Sink with a margin of about 2 percent.
Jolly ran on the promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act and also said that he supported the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
As The Tampa Bay Times reports, the battle wasn’t just fought by Jolly and Sink. Outside money poured into the state during the campaign, totaling an “eye-popping” $12 million.
The Times adds:
“Jolly, a former aide to Young who went on to a lobbying career, was not a well-known figure in Pinellas County when he entered the race. Sink and her allies had attacked him for his lobbying and contended he wanted to undermine Social Security and Medicare, essential programs to the district’s older voting population.
“But Jolly and outside Republicans hammered away at the Affordable Care Act, and had an unpopular president in their corner as well.”
Jolly’s victory, however, will be brief. He’ll have to run for his seat again in November.