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David Jolly is Republican nominee for District 13 race

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David Jolly addresses the crowd after his victory Tuesday night David Jolly addresses the crowd after his victory Tuesday night
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL - A longtime aide to U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young is the Republican nominee for a special election to fill the House seat of the late lawmaker.
    
David Jolly won the GOP nomination in a three-way primary Tuesday, besting state Rep. Kathleen Peters and retired Marine Brig. Gen. Mark Bircher. With all precincts counted, the lobbyist and former congressional aide captured 44 percent of the vote in a district that encompasses nearly all of Pinellas County on Florida's Gulf Coast. Peters had 32 percent.

At an election evening party at the Marriott Hotel, Jolly said he's prepared for a hard race against Alex Sink in the general election on March 11.

"They're gonna step out way ahead of us in paid media. We're gonna win on the message. You give me 5 dollars to get our message out, we're gonna win this race," he said.

Jolly said he is a local guy who is interested in helping the people of Pinellas County.  He jabbed Sink for moving to the county so she could run for the office.

"This race is about making sure somebody from Pinellas County is elected to represent Pinellas County in Washington D.C.," said Jolly.

Political analyst Dr. Susan MacManus says this is the first time that where someone lives is an issue.

"This is the only time I can every recall where there's a battle over who lives where. And who's a Washington insider and who's a hometown boy or girl," said Dr. MacManus.

Jolly capitalized on a wave of anger over the botched rollout of President Obama's health care law by casting himself as the staunchest "Obamacare" opponent.

Alex Sink issued the following statement after Jolly's victory:

“Our campaign is about one important message: bringing Republicans and Democrats together to focus on challenges that matter most to Pinellas. Congress’s gridlock is standing in the way of tackling challenges that impact our lives -- like helping businesses create jobs, protecting our seniors and veterans, and stopping flood insurance rate spikes that hurt homeowners. As Florida’s Chief Financial Officer and a business leader, my life has always been guided by bipartisan, results-oriented values. As our campaign continues, I look forward to continuing our conversation with Pinellas residents about bringing these values to Congress.”  

Material from the Associated Press & Peter Bernard was used in this report.
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