CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Some political analysts see today's special election in Florida as a test-run for strategies ahead of November's election.
Republican David Jolly edged Democrat Alex Sink in a Tampa-area House district that had been held by the late Rep. Bill Young, a 42-year Republican who died in October of cancer.
According to the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit group that tracks government information, more than $11 million has been spent on the race.
Jolly, a former Young aide backed by Republicans and outside groups, campaigned on repealing the president's health care law. Sink, Florida's former chief financial officer, and Democrats, labeled Jolly as a Washington lobbyist who backs efforts to privatize Social Security and gut Medicare.
While the vote was about evenly split, some residents say they were disgusted by the flood of ads, calls and mailings.