The day that was in the CD 13 special election

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The GOP mail-in ballot surge gets “surgier,” a grumpy righty sums up CD 13 in a nutshell, and both Alex Sink and David Jolly keep their powder dry before Tuesday’s race in Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

Here is the day that was in the special election in CD 13:

CD 13 Word of the Day: SurgierPeter Schorsch crunches the mail-in ballot numbers and finds the GOP surge is getting “surgier.” Of the 119,000 (or so) mail-in and early ballots cast, the GOP now has a returned-ballot lead just over 4 percent — a “magic number” some observers say Republicans must be at by March 11 Election Day in order for them to win the seat.

Surges are somewhat funny that way.

Will Sink Sink?Is the question posed by Larry Thornberry of the American Spectator  (as if no one ever thought of that before). “So there you have it,” he writes, “a straight-up race between a mostly conservative guy and a mostly liberal gal in a mostly centrist district” and close enough for the Libertarian Lucas Overby to be a Jolly spoiler. “Barring some Palm Beach County style voting cock-up, the results will be in Tuesday night,” Thornberry concludes. But will Jolly be jolly on Wednesday morning?

See, we can do it too.

Low profile — Both Sink and Jolly kept a low profile in the last days before Tuesday’s election, writes Kate Bradshaw of the Tampa Tribune, in what has become the “as-yet unnervingly close race.” Spotted at the Largo office of the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections was Jon “Bowzer” Bauman, formerly of doo-wop revival band Sha Na Na, who recently cut a robocall for Sink. Bauman is passionate about Social Security (who knew?) and has bought into the Democratic narrative that Jolly would privatize the program if he has the opportunity.

Maybe Bowzer can sing Jolly’s theme song … “Get a Job.”

Jolly Meets with Veterans — Jolly did join U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, chair of the House Veterans Affairs, to hold a discussion on issues affecting Florida veterans. Miller talked of Bill Young’s dedication to veterans, praising Jolly for his commitment to continue Young’s advocacy, something that began “from the day he set out on the campaign trail.”

What about BEFORE he decided to run? Bupkus?

CD 13 Number of the Day: 5 As in 5 p.m. Sunday, when early voting ends in CD 13. So far, 3,687 voters have cast in-person early ballots, along with 113,254 mail-in votes.

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 His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, 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 and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.