Republican David Jolly Defeats Democrat Alex Sink in Florida Special Election for #FL13 … In a District Obama won in 2008 & 2012
A sign of things to come for the upcoming 2014 midterm elections … Republicans defeat Democrats in special election vote in Florida, a district that Obama was twice.
Republican David Jolly has defeated Democrat Alex Sink to win the special election in Florida’s 13th district. Despite being outspent 4 to 1, despite being the lesser known candidate and despite being behind in polls ahead of the special election, Jolly defeated Sink 48.5% to 46.5%. Libertarian Lucas Overby had 4.8%. OUCH, that is going to leave a stinging mark on Democrats. Is this a harbinger of things to come this Fall? Although the seat has been held by a popular Republican for years, Barack Obama carried the district in 2008 by 8.2% and in 2012 by 5.6% . This is a perfect example of a snap shot in time to see just how unpopular Obama has become and namely, Obamacare. Florida-13 is a swing district in a swing state that covers most of Pinellas County between Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, including parts of St. Petersburg.
Republican David Jolly narrowly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in the special election for Florida’s 13th District on Tuesday in an unusually expensive race watched closely by both parties as the midterm election season kicks into high gear.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Jolly beat Sink, 48.5 percent to 46.6 percent, according to The Associated Press.
Both Democrats and the GOP plowed millions of dollars into the swing district race in hopes of an election year boost. The results appeared to vindicate the strategy of the GOP, which focused its attacks on linking Sink to Obamacare and managed to win with an untested candidate who had frustrated many in the national party.
Sink was “ultimately brought down because of her unwavering support for Obamacare, and that should be a loud warning for other Democrats running coast to coast,” National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden said in a statement.
The folks on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ had to admit that this is a devastating blow to Democrats and Democrat moral for the 2014 elections. Republicans in Washington thought that Jolly was a bad candidate. Doesn’t that show how much the GOP establishment knows? This stinging defeat of a Democrat hand-picked, centrist candidate, who had previously run for Florida governor shows the rest of the Democrat politicians that they cannot run on the notion that Obamacare is good. One has to wonder whether Obama will be asked to campaign in any states or districts unless they are absolute sure races or a Democrat running unopposed.
As stated at the Tampa Bay Tribune, David Jolly’s victory Tuesday in the U.S. House District 13 special election represents a clear repudiation of Obamacare.
Powerline weighs in on the impact of Florida 13′s special election, Dave Wasserman, the editor of the non-partisan Cook Political Report and certainly not a Republican operative, says “If Dems couldn’t win an Obama congressional district with a solid candidate against a flawed R, expect a rough November.”
Please do not confuse Dave Wasserman and Liberal Florida House Democrat election denier Debbie Wasserman-Schultz who said last night following the Democrat defeat, that the Democrat loss in special election shows GOP weakness. Really Debbie, you can say that with a straight face, eh? Next thing Debbie will be telling folks, if you like your helthcare plan, you can keep it.
“Republican special interest groups poured in millions to hold onto a Republican congressional district that they’ve comfortably held for nearly 60 years. 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,” Wasserman Schultz said in a DNC rapid response statement.
pic – screen shot from MSNBC Video above
Let the Democrat ostrich head in the sand spin begin and them shaking in their collection boots when the camera is off.
Democratic Mayor of Newark, NJ Cory Booker Wins New Jersey Special US Senate Election Defeated Republican Steve Lonegan
Cory Booker wins special Senate election in the Garden State …
Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, has defeated Republican Steve Lonegan tonight in the special U.S. Senate election. The Politico is reporting with With 98% of precincts reporting, Booker led Lonegan by just over 10 points, 54.6% to 44.4%. The turnout was low as only about 1.2 million votes had been cast by 10:30 p.m., in a state of almost 5.5 million registered voters. The special election is to fill the seat of longtime Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D). It has been occupied by an interim appointee, Sen. Jeff Chiesa (R), since shortly after Lautenberg’s death in June.
The 44-year-old two-term Democratic mayor of Newark, New Jersey defeated his Republican opponent, Steve Lonegan, Wednesday in a special U.S. Senate election.
“I’m going down to make the Senate more accessible to all of us. I will bring more voice to the voices too often ignored in our state. I will be dogged and determined, relentless and unfaltering in my sense of service for all of New Jersey,” said Booker from a victory rally at his election headquarters in Newark.
“If you voted for me, I will make you proud. If you didn’t vote for me, I will work every single day to earn your trust. Remember this always: I work for all of New Jersey.”
TOTAL NON-RECALL … Republicans Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Kleefisch and 3 of 4 GOP Senators Win Recall Victories: Scott Fitzgerald, Terry Moulton, Jerry Petrowski … Van Wanggaard Not Yet Called
Tonight in Wisconsin it was a TOTAL “almost” NON-RECALL …
Not only did Governor Scott Walker and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch survive their recall elections and won handily, so did three of the four Republican state Senators who faced recall elections as well. Republican Wisconsin state Senators Scott Fitzgerald, Terry Moulton and Jerry Petrowski all survived an won their recall elections. They not only won, they won handily. Only the state Senate seat 21 has not been called. With 28% of precincts reporting Van Wanggaard (R) leads John Lehman (D), 60% to 40%. Seeing that Senate seat 21 represents Racine, one that went for Walker over Barrett 63% to 36.5%, it is hard to imagine that Van Wanggaard will not win as well.
UPDATE I: 100% of precincts voting and John Lehman defeats GOP incumbent Van Wanggaard, 51% to 49% … 36255 votes to 35476.
|State Senate Dist. 13 Recall Election|
|>||R-Scott Fitzgerald (I)||43,754||58%|
|State Senate Dist. 21 Recall Election|
|R-Van Wanggaard (I)||16,399||60%|
|State Senate Dist. 23 Recall Election|
|>||R-Terry Moulton (I)||37,639||56%|
|State Senate Dist. 29 Recall Election|
Its a Sweep … Republican Mark Amodei Wins Nevada’s Special Election Over Democrat Kate Marshall in NV-2
GET THE BROOMS OUT TONIGHT FOLKS … THE GOP HAS WON TONIGHT IN NY-9 AND NEVADA-2!!!
Republican Mark Amodei wins the 2nd District House seat in tonight’s Nevada House special election. From the outset of the counting after the polls closed, Amodei was in the lead with 56% of the vote. Amodei will replace Republican Dean Heller who was appointed from the House to the Senate in May 2011 to replace Republican John Ensign who resigned in scandal.
Amodei easily bested Democrat Kate Marshall Tuesday in the rural Nevada district that has never elected a Democrat.
Amodei is a former state GOP chairman. He promised to fight for a balanced budget amendment in Congress and signed an anti-tax pledge.
Amodei was elected in Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District to replace Republican Dean Heller. Heller was appointed from the House to the Senate in May to replace Republican John Ensign. Ensign resigned over a sex scandal.
NY-9 Special Election: Turner (R) vs. Weprin (D) … Referendum on President Obama’s Economic Policies (UPDATE: Race Called for Turner!!!)
Barack Obama dragging the Democrat party down …
Barack Obama wants Congress to pass his new jobs bill immediately. However, many are tired of the same old failed polices of President Obama. Today’s special election in New York for the District 9 seat formerly led by disgraced Anthony Weiner has become a referendum of President Barck Obama’s failed economic policies.
Democrat David Weprin faced an unusually tight race against Republican Bob Turner in a special election Tuesday in New York’s heavily Democratic 9th Congressional District, where voters unhappy with President Barack Obama could elect a Republican for the first time.
Prior to election day, the GOP candidate had a lead in the polls. New Yorkers might just do the unthinkable. For the first time in history, NY-9 might just go Republican. With early results in, Republican Bob Turner has a lead over Weprin, 8,819 52% – 8,198 48%.
With this special election in NY-09 being a referendum on Obama’s economic polices, why is it that anyone would want to pass more of his failed agenda like his latest $450 billion son of stimulus?
How bad is this special election for Obama and the White House? Even before the polls closed, the WH was spinning a loss in NY-9. There’s a sign of confidence.What will a loss do to how Obama is perceived by other Democrats? Will anyone in a swing state want the President any where near their campaign? With Democrats having to defend US Senate seats in 2012 in Florida, Ohio, Virginia and Pennsylvania, let alone GOP and trending GOP states like Missouri and Nebraska … will they want Obama to make any campaign visits and drag them down as well?
The White House is girding for a political loss in the heart of New York on Tuesday. They’re also spinning up an explanation that won’t entirely result in the blame landing on the low popularity of the president. As in Massachusetts, where Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley was faulted by the White House and many others for tone-deaf campaigning, Democratic candidate Dave Weprin may see the undercarriage of that new White House campaign bus.
UPDATE I (11:28 pm): Total Precincts reporting 215/512: Democrat Weprin 13,667 (49%) – Republican Turner 14,324 (51%) … numerous flash updates at the Lonely Conservative. Come on LC … your NYC brethren, Queens & Brooklynites, need to come through in a big way tonight.
UPDATE II (12:05 am):WOW, Race called for Republican … Turner Wins.
(GOP) Bob Turner: 25,263 – 53%
(GOP) David Weprin 22,703 – 47%
The GOP has done it again, its the Scott Brown moment of 2011. Republican Bob Turner has defeated Democrat David Weprin and taken the seat away from the Democrats. How bad have things gotten for Obama that he could be responsible for the loss of a NYC seat. Really? In deep blue NY, the GOP was the favorite and won.
Republicans have scored an upset victory in a House race that became a referendum on President Barack Obama’s economic policies.
With about 70 percent of precincts reporting late Tuesday, Turner had 53 percent of the vote to Weprin’s 47 percent.
UPDATE III: Looks like the final vote is Turner 54% – Weprin 46% … an even larger victory than polls had stated. Before we get any nonsense spin from the WH or DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, this seat has not been held by a Republican since 1922. This is a total rebuke of Barack Obama on the economy and his Middle East policy.