GOP’s Jolly win in Florida a smashing victory over Dems, Obamacare

Democrat hopes are sinking.

Republican David Jolly defeated former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink in Tuesday night’s special election to replace the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young in Florida’s 13th Congressional District race that was viewed by both parties nationwide as a referendum on Obamacare and a preview of Democrat chances in the the fall.

Obamacare — and the Democrats — lost.

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Photo: WTSP

Jolly won with about 48.5 percent of almost 185,000 votes to Sink’s 46.5 percent, while Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby netted just under 5 percent, according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office.

The numbers might look close, but the verdict was resounding.

Sink, who narrowly lost to Gov. Rick Scott in the 2010 election for governor, was an early favorite to win the race.

Her support from the national party included fundraisers by former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The national Democratic Party and major-league liberal donor groups like Emily’s List backed her to the hilt.

The area’s changing demographics even favored Sink, with national political analyst Larry Sabato saying the district “leans Democratic” as recently as January.

None of that saved Sink’s campaign.

“The horn is blowing,” said Chris Stirewalt, Fox News digital politics editor.  “Democrats who are in marginally Obama-friendly districts are going to see this and say, ‘uh-oh.’

“This was a referendum on Obamacare. He won a race he was supposed to lose.”

In a Fox News interview with Megyn Kelly after he claimed victory, Jolly said the message from voters is that Democrats are “wrong on the issues.”

“What is important is that a Republican in a district that President Obama has won twice – a first time candidate going up against a hand-picked candidate … picked by the national party with all the money behind her from the very beginning – They were wrong with their message,” Jolly said. “They were wrong on the issues.”

In his victory speech to supporters in Clearwater Beach, Jolly stressed his commitment to local voters and Pinellas County issues, but the anti-Obamacare theme and the national stakes involved in his campaign came through loud and clear.

“I will always look to empower individuals and families before I look to empower government,” he said, in words that must have made President Obama cringe and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s hair stand on end.

“We must never sacrifice our Creator’s sacred gift of liberty on the altar of big government. We must never concede our freedom to those who would dare take it from us.”

Check out Jolly’s interview with Kelly here. Video of his victory speech is below.

And check out Jolly’s victory speech here.

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Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.
About Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at jpjsaunders@gmail.com.

  • Susanne Prince

    I am so praying that every other election, from here on in, goes in this direction, otherwise we can kiss America, and our freedom, good-bye.

    • Abunchofbullshit

      You said it all Susanne! One Progressive down, many to go!! Congrats to Jolly!

      • TeaDrinker

        I agree with you 100%, however, you mean socialist, not progressive. Let’s call these disgraces what they are, and not the cutesy name they made up for themselves in an attempt to camouflage their true natures and agenda.

        • Abunchofbullshit

          Well, either way they are all insane! The only difference is the degree of control over private property that they afford to central planners. Progressives advocate the retention of some property by private citizens, whereas Socialists advocate complete seizure and redistribution of all wealth! They haven’t attempted to take it all just yet.

          • TeaDrinker

            The only thing stopping them is a Republican House, meaning they would if they could.

    • curmudgeon

      Bravo! I hope Conservative voters will get off their hands and drag themselves to the polls. Maybe if we quit putting Washington establishment types at the top of the ticket and run someone who is not afraid of labels from the liberal media wing of the RAT party we can win back the country from the welfare enablers and self serving politicians. I am willing to crawl over a mile of broken glass just to vote against any so called democRAT politician.

      • http://mik661.tumblr.com/ Michael H. Dawson

        unfortunately there are just so many white crackers to vote for right wing nut jobs. that’s why the GOP is so busy trying to keep people from voting.

        • hbrody

          and the Democraps do not buy their votes? Come on.!!!!!!

          • beeta46

            AND STEAL VOTES. DEMS ARE DISHONEST CRIMINALS.. IT WAS WHITE CRACKERS THAT BUILT THIS COUNTRY AND IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT LEAVE… WE WERE HERE FIRST… THIS NATION WAS BUILT ON HARD WORK,, ETHICS AND MORALS AND PEOPLE LIKE YOU WANT TO CRIMINALIZE EVERY ASPECT OF THIS NATION… YOU WANT WIN IN THE END.. WE ARE SICK OF YOUR KIND TRYING TO TEAR DOWN WHAT SOMEONE ELSE BUILT.. YOU HATE WILL EAT YOU ALIVE… HOW MISERABLE YOU MUST BE… LIKE IT OR LEAVE..

        • curmudgeon

          LOL, I hope you really do not believe this extremist left wing spin. You liberals sure are the bottom of the food chain in mental ability. I am amazed we have enough short buses to handle the sheer numbers required to deliver you all to your Special Ed classes. Sadly they are still needed for your lifelong ‘learning’ classes. Well, we still have hope for your awakening.

        • MrInterpid

          Only people that Reps are trying to keep from voting are those zombie dead that the democrats dig up every election.

        • TeaDrinker

          Spoken like the true racist scumbag that you are, Michael.

          Everyone, take a good, hard look at this piece of racist, trailer-trash garbage. Michael represents the heart and soul of the socialist movement – racism, bigotry, idiocy, and a retarded child mentality.

          I would suggest you prepare yourself for a good, hard spanking, little child.

    • Melvin Miller

      You can definitely kiss it goodbye if it does go in this direction. Republicans mean no one any good.

      • rickmcknight

        And the commie in office is pro America? Have you checked the economic numbers lately? Unemployment? Food stamps recipients? Get a clue.

      • beeta46

        YOU ARE A BLIND PAHTETIC FOOL..

      • MrInterpid

        As if the donkey party likes anyone. It has now almost officially become the party of DEATH and TAXES. If they don’t kill you with an abortion they will kill you with an ocare death panel. If that doesn’t work they can always just tax you to death.

      • Cold War Vet

        And Liberal non-God fearing demonrats do?

      • TeaDrinker

        LOL! Keep telling yourself that, you freak.

  • Jim Esposito

    1st order of business…repeal Obama care in Florida now!

    • Richard McGrath

      2nd order of business…repeal Obama care in America now!

      • Melvin Miller

        Not a chance! Why are you guys so hell-bent on depriving people of affordable healthcare anyway? What makes you so cold hearted? You do realize that it’s not just minorities who need healthcare, don’t you?

        • TA

          the government needs to stay out of the insurance business and call it what it is , the unaffordable health care act

        • Richard McGrath

          Who said anything about minorities?

          Why are you Obama sheep so hell-bent on depriving people of affordable healthcare anyway? You know Obama’s big lie?
          “if you like your insurance”

          People lost their insurance

          What makes you so cold hearted? You do realize it’s not just minorities that Obama lied to and screwed under don’t you?

        • beeta46

          GOING FROM A 300.00 PREMIUM WITH A 500 DEDUCTIBLE TO A 1200,00 PAYMENT AND A 8000.00 DEDUCTIBLE IS NOT AFFORDABLE.. THE WELFARE PEOPLE HAD HC ALREADY CALLED MEDICADE. THEY STILL HAVE MEDICADE ALONG WITH EVERYONE ELSE THAT HAD GOOD INS. FROM THEIR COMPANIES OF EMPLOYMENT OF JUST PURCHASED ON THEIR OWN.. OBAMACARE MOVED PEOPLE WHO WERE ON GOOD INS. TO PAY FOR HIS MEDICADE FOR PEOPLE WHO DO NOT WORK AND ARE ALREADY ON WELFARE. THIS IS JUST SHIFTING THE PAYEE FROM THE GOV. TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO WERE ALREADY PAYING FOR IT THROUGH TAXES.. NOW THEY PAY FOR IT THROUGH TAXES AND HIGH PREMIUMS ON THEIR INS… I HAVE A FRIEND THAT IS PAYING 1800.00 PREMIUM AND HUGE DEDUCTIBLE FROM HER 600.00 PREMIUM AND LOW DEDUCTIBLE. SHE HAD A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD . THIS HIGH PREMIUM CUT INTO HER FOOD AND MEDICINE AND BILL MONEY.. HOW AFFORDABLE IS THAT??? YOU DEMS ARE SUCH KOOLAID DRINKERS .. HE PUKES PROPAGANDA AND YOU EAT IT UP.

        • curmudgeon

          Affordable? Just because others are being FORCED to pay for the moochers and parasites? Wake up libtard!

        • crossingTheDelaware

          Separate compassion and the affordability of a service from the Federal government’s control over it. Nobody wants unaffordable healthcare. Nobody indulges on other people’s misery, or lack of access to healthcare.

          Progressives Liberals believe that compassion and affordability can only be delivered by the Federal government and that a free market system and profit are evil. Conservatives believe that the compassion comes from individuals, and affordability comes from competition in the marketplace, and that government should be kept as small as possible because it is a necessary evil. Further, Conservatives believe that as more power is centralized in the Federal government, liberty is lost and abuse, corruption and coercion increase. Further, Conservatives believe that the Constitution does not authorize, given the grants of power in Article-I, programs such as Obamacare

          • TeaDrinker

            I agree with you 100%.

            However, do not fall into the trap of calling a socialist a progressive.

            You see, one of the tactics in the socialist’s playbook is the redefinition of words. Gay used to mean happy, and “progressive” means socialist.

            Socialists believe that if they simply change their name to something all cutsey, like “progressive”, yet keep their socialist agenda and twisted ideology, they will fool people into believing that they are something other than the destroyers of economic and social prosperity.

            We all know that North Korea is as evil, corrupt, twisted, and communist a regime as there is. Yet, what do they choose to call themselves? The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPK.

            Every time you hear the word “progressive” think socialist. Every time you interact with someone who identifies themselves as a “progressive”, realize you are interacting with a socialist. That’s what they are.

            They do this out of necessity. If they were to be honest, and refer to themselves as to what they truly are, socialists, they would lose every election and be laughed out of town. So, they hide behind the cutesy name of “progressive” in order to hide their true identities and fool people into thinking that they are something they are not.

            Do not be fooled.

        • Cold War Vet

          “Check this box [ ] to prove you have a pulse. .”

        • TeaDrinker

          Melvin, you represent the best of the liberal socialist mentality. Stupidity, racism, bigotry, and a retarded child mentality. But please, keep spewing your idiocy for the world to see. You make the best nail in the coffin for your fellow socialists better than anyone else could every time you open your mouth or write something.

    • Melvin Miller

      Fat chance of that happening.

      • curmudgeon

        Are you people as naive as you appear or just democRAT sheep by virtue of birth?

      • TeaDrinker

        No, moron, there is a very BIG chance of that happening.

  • Mamatex

    Happy, Happy, Happy!

  • Lockstein13

    I’m so happy for Jolly (even though I’d voted for one of the other Repulicans in the Primaries, I did support him yesterday).

    But it was close: less than 4,000 votes over Sink.
    [Illegal gardeners and Hotel Workers hardest hit...nyuk nyuk nyuk]

    Meanwhile, the so-called libertarian took off 9,000 votes. These ideologically enslaved, idiot libertarians just somehow don’t *get it* that (as with the McAuliffe vs Cuccinelli Gubernatorial election in Virginia) THEY ARE ENABLING THE TOTALITARIAN LEFTISTS who will be the first to crush them when it comes down to it. And they do it with the smile of a 2-year-old who has just learned to say ‘no!’.

    These suicidal libertarians care less for their proclaimed goal of liberty/freedom than for their narcissism.

    • curmudgeon

      So true! I like Rand Paul and would much prefer him at the top of the Republican ticket rather than seeing him run as a Libertarian. Hopefully that will never happen or we better get used to saying President Mrs. Bill Clinton!

    • Richard McGrath

      So dead people don’t vote in Fla?

      • curmudgeon

        Only those originally from Chicago. Every case of voter fraud that has been successfully prosecuted has involved demoCRAT party and democRAT operatives. If you have FACTS that differ, please list them here. I mean actual prosecutions, not accusations as it is common knowledge that RATs always accuse the opposition of the very schemes they are applying!

    • morstar150

      Yes, they need to come in out of the cold. We need to join together RIGHT NOW!!!

    • http://mik661.tumblr.com/ Michael H. Dawson

      what a racist douche. but good call on the tea party hacks.

      • hbrody

        Is it Racist to detest a Man who won the Office by giving the real people’s money away?

      • curmudgeon

        Typical RAT name calling. The refuge of the easily led true believer.

      • TeaDrinker

        LMFAO!

        Look at the racist, bigot, socialist Michael call someone else a racist. Michael, YOU are the douche. YOU are the moron. YOU are the racist. YOU, and all those like YOU, are the ones who keep the blacks, and all minorities down.

        Thankfully, people are waking up to the racism, bigotry, idiocy, and retarded child mentality represented by those like YOU.

  • crossingTheDelaware

    This made Jolly’s victory that much more encouraging :

    “[Sink's] support included fundraisers by former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”

    • morstar150

      Oh my, that is some sweet music in a world of political cacophony!

    • http://mik661.tumblr.com/ Michael H. Dawson

      paid hacks going where the money is. what does that prove?

      • crossingTheDelaware

        I agree — that is the point, that in spite Bill Clinton, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, going where the money is, Democrats could not defeat a candidate with little to no name ID with the former Democrat gubernatorial candidate having an excess of name ID.

        • http://mik661.tumblr.com/ Michael H. Dawson

          More like you barely beat an unknown in the heart of your strength.

          • TeaDrinker

            Once again, Micheal the retarded socialist, has no idea of what he is talking about.

            He has no reading comprehension skills, common-sense, or the ability to think rationally or critically – like ALL socialists.

            Sink was favored to win because of her name recognition, the ability to outspend Jolly 3 to 1, the fact that the district was democrat, and the outpouring of support by the biggest leads in the socialist party – Bill Clinton, and Nancy Pelosi.

            What Michael is most afraid of, as are ALL the socialists who are having fits over Jolly’s win, is that, DESPITE the socialists savior Bill Clinton, AND the huge outpouring of financial aid, Sink LOST. She lost to an unknown, which makes her defeat much more stinging.

            Probably the one biggest thing that gets ALL the socialists so bent out of shape is that Bill Clinton was unable to save Sink. Bill Clinton – the darling of the socialist party, and whose word is law among these same socialists, failed himself. He failed because the candidate he so vocally supported, failed.

            What does this mean? This means that the socialists are losing the hearts and minds, and VOTES of the people, and losing in a huge way.

            When Bill Clinton is unable to save a fellow socialist, with a war-chest 3 times the size of her opponent, and in a democrat district, the socialists are right to piss in their collective panties.

        • curmudgeon

          Makes you smile doesn’t it? Puts the liberal democRAT panties in a huge wad!

  • http://mik661.tumblr.com/ Michael H. Dawson

    So a republican district elected a republican (with less than 50% of the vote and a margin of only 2%). If that is considered a major victory i feel sorry for you guys.

    • crossingTheDelaware

      You miss the point — Obama won this district on 2008 and 2012.

      • http://mik661.tumblr.com/ Michael H. Dawson

        yes, on a presidential ticket. Doesn’t translate or there would be a democrat majority in the house right now. as long as you have the tea baggers along for the ride you will have a hard time winning the white house.

        • beeta46

          You are sure running scared.. We are going to mop the Dems up this election… We the people are awake to your schemes and crimes. We the Tea Party ,aka Constitutionalist americans, Will be alive and well… Your cheating lying Pres. had the IRS commit fraud to the American people by not giving them the TAX exemption status for several years when the Dem Organization like acorn etc. got exemption in days… I would not want to be part of a party of people that are liars and cheats.. People with no morals or ethics what so ever… The Tea Party is people of morals and character and American Patriots that are concerned about the crimes being commited in the white House against the American People.. To bad that we have to fight for the rights of American people and you will be included in that benefit also. You should have to drown in the crimes of your Pres..

        • TeaDrinker

          LOL! I love the way that Michael refers to the Tea Party as the Tea Baggers.

          What an empty mind.
          What a child.
          What an utter failure.

          The socialists, like Michael, respond to threats by calling the people, and organizations that represent the threat, names. It’s all they have. It’s all their puny minds can muster.

          They are like the 4-year-old in the sandbox. When someone knocks over their sandcastle, they respond with shrieking, crying, stamping their feet, and all the actions common to the 4-year-old.

          While I have called Michael the socialist, many names myself, it is in response to HIS racism, bigotry, and unsavory character, stupidity, and ignorance.

          • http://mik661.tumblr.com/ Michael H. Dawson

            Tea Baggers really hate having their political ineptness pointed out. But the post was pretty you should try some creative writing class’s at the local JC.

    • TeaDrinker

      Once again, the retarded socialist Micheal, has no ability to comprehend what he reads or to think critically – like ALL socialists.

      You blithering clown, the district was NOT republican, but democrat – a fact that is very easily verifiable. This same district voted overwhelming for Obama in 2008 AND 2012, as did the state of Florida.

      You really must go back to the 3rd grade and redo your education.

      • http://mik661.tumblr.com/ Michael H. Dawson

        Charles William “Bill” Young (December 16, 1930 – October 18, 2013) was an American politician who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1971 to 2013. A Republican from Florida, Young served as chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations from 1999 to 2005. He was the longest-serving Republican member of Congress at the time of his death.

        So it was not a Republican District but the man they were running to replace was a Republican? duh. the more you write the more obvious it becomes tea bagger.

  • luthersomd

    Smashing??? Republican Jolly wins in a district that has 11,000 more Republicans than Democrats. And by just 2%. Smashing indeed!

  • karen_green

    So in a district where Republicans have an 11 point advantage and Jolly won by 2 points you consider this a smashing victory? Huh?

    • Chatty Kathy

      He won by 2 points because a third party Libertarian Candidate got like 5 or 6%.

    • TeaDrinker

      Karen, you have no idea what you are talking about,

      Jolly was not favored by 11 points. Sink was favored. From the beginning, it was assumed that the election was HERS to lose. The district is democrat, NOT republican. The district is predominantly senior citizens, who vote democrat more than they vote republican. The district voted for Obama BOTH times. The state of Florida voted for Obama BOTH times.

      The reason why Jolly, an unknown candidate, BEAT Sink, despite her out spending him 3 to 1, and being bolstered by the darling of the socialist party – Bill Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, was because Obamcare. Obamacare sealed Sink’s fate because it is so despised, not just in the district, not just in Florida, but throughout the entire country.

      When your savior, Bill Clinton, is unable to save a democrat candidate, in a democrat district, who outspent her opponent 3 to 1, all because of Obamacare, you are right to be terrified.

      You are right to be terrified because this election results will repeat itself enough times so as to hand the republicans the senate in a little less than 8 months.

  • Chatty Kathy

    Listen liberal idiots. Just to put it to rest, since people keep bringing it up, Jolly won by 2 points, a third party Libertarian won like 5 or 6%. Had it been a two way race, Jolly would have won by 10.

    This a Republican district, I don’t know why the media made such a big deal out of it, it’s the same significance as a Democrat being elected mayor of Detroit or San Francisco?

    • TeaDrinker

      Chatty, it is not a republican district, which makes the victory that much sweeter. The district voted for Obama twice. The state of Florida voted for Obama twice. The district is comprised, mainly, of senior citizens, who vote democrat more than they vote republican.

      Jolly was an unknown. Sink was well-known and had great name recognition.

      Jolly was not supported by any big-name republican or conservative, like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, or Sarah Palin. Sink was represented by the biggest name in the democrat party – Bill Clinton.

      Jolly was out-spent by something like 3 to 1 by Sink.

      Sink lost.

      Although I do agree with you that the Libertarian spoiler did indeed siphon off 6-8% of the vote, votes that would have gone to Jolly and would have absolutely crushed Sink and the democrats.

      Just imagine the outrage, the panic, and the hand-wringing by the democrats if the attempted spoiling of the election, by the Libertarian, did NOT occur and Jolly won by 6-10 points.

  • Angele Hart

    I can’t wait until obama is arrested!! That filthy muslim terrorist pig!

    • curmudgeon

      Probably will never happen, but I like your way of thinking.

    • TeaDrinker

      I believe that if the conservatives win in November, not the “republicans” who are just as much of the problem as the socialists due to their cowardice and inaction, we stand a real good chance of bringing formal charges of high crimes and misdemeanors against Obama.

      We will also have a great shot at actually prosecuting the criminal Eric Holder.

      However, we can not become complacent. The election is more than 7 months away and a lot can happen in those 7 months.

      We must remain vigilant. We must steel ourselves. We must vote. We can not just assume the Republicans will win the senate and not vote, thus handing the victory to Obama.

      We can not allow ourselves to be like the 3 million republicans who stayed home and did not vote in the last election.