Compilation of reactions to David Jolly’s win in CD 13

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Republican David Jolly has won the special election in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, defeating Democratic candidate Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby.

With all precincts reporting, Jolly captured approximately 48 percent of the vote to 46 percent for Sink and 5 percent for Overby. Here is a compilation of reactions to Jolly’s win:

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

“Republican special interest groups poured in millions to hold onto a Republican congressional district that they’ve comfortably held for nearly 60 years. Tonight, Republicans fell short of their normal margin in this district because the agenda they are offering voters has a singular focus – that a majority of voters oppose – repealing the Affordable Care Act that would return us to the same old broken health care system.

“While tonight Democrats didn’t win, we are proud of Alex and the race she ran based on a vision of opportunity for all and an agenda that would grow the middle class and protect Florida’s families.”

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel:

“Democrats will fight for FL-13 in the midterm, when the electorate is far less heavily tilted toward Republicans. Despite those millions from Republican outside groups, they underperformed because the only message they offered voters – repealing the ACA – is out of touch and failed to bring them even close to their historically wide margins.”

National Republican Campaign Committee chairman Greg Walden:

“I want to extend a big congratulations to David Jolly on his victory tonight. David proved that Pinellas County voters are tired of the devastating policies of this administration. Throughout this campaign, David has outlined his vision on how to grow the economy, create jobs and deliver quality healthcare for Pinellas families.

“Tonight, one of Nancy Pelosi’s most prized candidates was ultimately brought down because of her unwavering support for ObamaCare, and that should be a loud warning for other Democrats running coast to coast. Pinellas County voters have made the right choice; David will be a dedicated and thoughtful representative for them in Congress.”

National Republican Campaign Committee spokesman Daniel Scarpinato: 

“Democrats are in grave, grave danger. Tonight, Nancy Pelosi’s most prized candidate in the entire country was brought down because of ObamaCare, President Obama and the Democrats total mishandling of our economy.”

Congressman Dennis Ross:

“Congratulations, David, on being elected to represent the people of Pinellas County in the U.S. House of Representatives. I know that you will be a strong advocate for them. 

“Floridians have shown that they’re sick of big government intervening in so many aspects of our lives – from health care decisions to constantly reaching into our wallets to fund more failed policies. This administration recklessly spends money, carelessly endangering not only our current financial standing in the world, but also our children’s future. And President Obama’s failed health care policies have plagued countless families across the state. Despite the president’s initial claim that if you liked your health care plan you could keep it, hundreds of thousands of Floridians lost their coverage. Premiums have increased and employees’ hours have been cut. 

“Floridians need solutions that will put them back in the driver’s seat. They need government to get out of their way – not stand in their path.

“It’s an honor to serve Floridians in Congress and David, I look forward to working with you on their behalf.”

Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant:

“Alex ran a strong campaign that made Floridians and Democrats proud. She fought for the values that matter to the people of Pinellas — bringing Republicans and Democrats together to find bipartisan, commonsense solutions to the challenges facing the community. I am incredibly proud of Alex and her team.” 

American Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio:

“A lot of us rolled up our sleeves after 2012, studied the Obama playbook and invested in targeted voter turnout and more effective messaging.  The Florida CD-13 special was an important test market and there was unprecedented cooperation among outside groups.  We intend to keep refining these lessons as we prepare for the fall elections.”

Americans for Prosperity – Florida:

“Last night, Floridians sent a crystal clear message to candidates and elected officials alike who voted in favor of ObamaCare or still support it. The President’s health care law is a total disaster that is hurting Americans from all walks of life, and those who continue to support it will pay a steep price.” 


Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.