Republican David Jolly won a Congressional seat in Florida’s 13th District and Democrats see it as a big win for Democrats. CBS also slanted the news to favor the losing side.
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, the Democratic National Committee Chairperson, sees the Sink-Jolly election as a win for Democrats though Jolly won 48.5% to Sink’s 46.7%. Libertarian Lucas Overby won 4.8%. Libertarians almost always go with the Republican if they vote at all. The Libertarian candidate took votes from Jolly, not Sink.
Wasserman-Schultz said that money poured from outside the district for Jolly’s race. She neglected to mention that Sink outspent Jolly 3 to 1 in TV ads, according to Fox News and a number of other outlets.
“Republican special interest groups poured in millions to hold onto a Republican congressional district that they’ve comfortably held for nearly 60 years,” she said in a Democratic National Committee rapid response statement. “Tonight, Republicans fell short of their normal margin in this district because the agenda they are offering voters has a singular focus – that a majority of voters oppose – repealing the Affordable Care Act that would return us to the same old broken health care system.”
She even tweeted this:
CBS Radio described it this way: Democrats and Republicans spent millions of dollars in the race. More than $11 million has been spent on the race, according to the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit group that tracks government information.
They didn’t bother to mention that most of the money was spent by Democrats.
CBS also said that Jolly won in a district that has been a Republican stronghold for 40 years.
The truth is that the last congressman, Bill Young, was in office for 42 years, and was the longest serving Republican member of Congress at the time of his death last October. He was very popular and while the district has moved left as Northerners moved in, they continued to reelect him because of his favorability rating.
Sink ran on ObamaCare though she wasn’t in Congress to vote for it when it passed. She praised the Affordable Care Act and said it merely needed some work. Jolly ran on repeal and replace the bill.
Alex Sink had a well-funded, well-organized race. Sink is considered an excellent candidate. She barely lost the Gubernatorial seat to Rick Scott. She lost by only 61,000 votes.
Bill Clinton recently went in to campaign for her.
The district is, according to CBS, 37 percent Republican, 35 percent Democrat and 24 percent independent. However, it is a district that has been moving left and went for Barack Obama in the last two elections.
Jolly’s campaign was disorganized and Jolly has some personal liabilities. He still won.
Democrats were winning until weeks ago and the ObamaCare issue was the overriding issue. This vote was a referendum on Obama and ObamaCare.
Let’s hope Democrats continue to think they can run on ObamaCare!