(WWLP) – A special election for a U.S. House seat in Florida has been won by a Republican candidate in a race that some see as a preview to this November’s midterm elections.
Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in the 13th Congressional District, which includes portions of the St. Petersburg area. The district is one of a declining number of “swing” districts nationwide; ones in which Democrats and Republicans are at fairly even strength.
While it is just one congressional race (and one which will be up for election in November again like all the others,) some observers think it is a sign that this will be a difficult election cycle for Democrats.
Jolly had based much of his campaign on his opposition to the Affordable Care Act, an issue that other GOP candidates are sure to campaign on in the fall. President Obama and his health care law are unpopular, and historically, presidents’ parties have lost seats in Congress in midterm elections during the second presidential term. Some Republicans are confident that their party may even take over the Senate.
Democrats, however, point to the fact that the approval rating of Congress is much lower than that of the President, and are likely to campaign on the idea that the GOP-controlled House is hyper-partisan, and not getting anything done. They are hoping to take advantage of changing attitudes on social issues such as same-sex marriage, and tap into their advantages with younger voters and people of color.
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