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Tuesday’s stunning defeat of Alex Sink, one of the biggest Democratic names in Florida politics, at the hands of first-time candidate David Jolly in a special election indicates that Democrats will face a wave election in November and likely lose the U.S. Senate, several leading pollsters told Newsmax.
Jolly’s upset win was even more significant considering that Overby probably took votes from him disproportionately, pundits say. On Wednesday, Republicans touted what they called a harbinger for November while anxious Democrats tried to pooh-pooh the results.
Several leading pollsters contacted by Newsmax agreed.
“This election represents a repudiation of the Democrats and Obama,” Schoen told Newsmax in an exclusive interview, adding that the result means the Senate “is now probably better than 50-50 to go Republican, and that the Democrats are in a position that is increasingly becoming weaker and weaker as the days go by.”Dr. Larry J. Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, told Newsmax that Democrats “are deeply disappointed by this loss, and should be.”
Said Sabato to Newsmax: “The fact that Jolly could win in these circumstances means the hill that Democrats must climb to a majority in November now resembles Mount Everest. Republicans believe anti-Obamacare sentiment and TV ads saved Jolly. The pattern is set for the fall in lots of competitive districts.”
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CLEARWATER BEACH (FOX 13) - Republican David Jolly has won the congressional race to replace the late Republican Rep. Bill Young. With all precincts reporting, Jolly claimed 48.4% of the vote. Alex Sink got 46.5%, and Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby took 4.8%.
Jolly is a former aide for Young and a lobbyist. Sink is a former state chief financial officer and was the Democratic nominee for governor in 2010, narrowly losing to Republican Rick Scott.
Sink addressed came out and her supporters, saying she called David Jolly to concede the race and congratulate him. She said she didn't know what the future would hold, but she will continue to serve.
"My values have always been to do good for my family, my community, my state and my country," Sink said.
The race was widely watched, and seen as an early test of how President Barack Obama's health care overhaul will play in November's midterm elections. It attracted national attention and millions of dollars. Local issues took a backseat to the health care law as both national parties and outside groups flooded the swing-voting district with ads, phone calls and mailings about "Obamacare."
Democrats and Republicans used the race to audition national strategies