Republican David Jolly won the special election for Florida’s 13th Congressional District. You knew that, but did you know:
- The 13th Congressional District was carried by Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.
- The 13th CD went for David Jolly’s opponent, Alex Sink, when she ran for governor in 2010.
- The Democrats outspent David Jolly by at least $1 Million.
- Alex Sink was ahead by 20 points when the race started.
- David Jolly was an awful candidate who was virtually abandoned by the national GOP.
- David Jolly was dogged in the campaign by a messy divorce that involved ditching his wife for a much younger woman.
- You probably did know that opposition to Obamacare was the centerpiece of Jolly’s campaign.
So, given all of those facts, how is it that the bossy Chairwoman of the Democrat National Committee, Debbie Wasserman-Schulz, can claim that Jolly winning this election shows that the GOP is weak and Obamacare is popular?
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.