Setting up a special election in Florida that could provide clear signs regarding the upcoming midterm elections, David Jolly has secured the Republican nomination in the race to fill the seat of the late GOP Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla.
Jolly, who served as General Counsel to Young and also worked as a lobbyist, defeated state Rep. Kathleen Peters and retired Marine Brig. Gen. Mark Bircher in the Republican primary.
According to the Florida State Department's website, Jolly received approximately 44.6 percent of the vote compared to 31 percent for Peters and 24.5 percent for Bircher.
In the special election to be held in March, Jolly will face off against Alex Sink, the former chief financial officer of Florida and the 2010 Democratic nominee for Governor.
Jolly has indicated that Obamacare will be a big part of his campaign and has promised to work to repeal the healthcare reform law.
While Young firmly held onto his seat for years, President Barack Obama narrowly carried the district in the 2012 presidential election.
Political pundits are likely to keep a close eye on the outcome of the special election, which could indicate which party has the upper hand going into November.
by RTT Staff Writer
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