David Jolly overwhelms Lucas Overby 74% to 24%

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Without facing a Democratic rival, Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly took an overwhelming lead over Libertarian Lucas Overby to win re-election for Pinellas County’s 13th Congressional District.

With nearly all precincts reporting, Jolly defeated Overby by a margin of 75 to 24 percent, with just over one percent going to a write-in candidate. Jolly took 160,889 votes compared to Overby’s 52,084.

“I cannot express my gratitude enough for the support and confidence that you have continued to place in me to represent you, and the people of Pinellas, in the United States Congress,” Jolly said in a statement. “It is because of your support that we have been able to accomplish so much already for our Pinellas County community, and I look forward to continuing to advance policies in Congress that are right for the future of our nation and our district.”

“I pledge to honor your trust by working tirelessly with a commitment to serve everyone in our community, to advance commonsense constitutional principles and with a spirit of advocacy that every voter should expect of their representative. We are in this together. And, together, we can continue on this path of advancing and supporting our Pinellas County interests in Congress,” Jolly added.

Many observers hoped the Libertarian would siphon off much of the Democratic vote, but in the end, Jolly proved more of a moderate voice in succeeding the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.