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Charlie Crist completed his political comeback Tuesday, beating incumbent Congressman David Jolly for Congressional District 13. After his victory speech, the Democrat thanked the voters of Pinellas County.

“They have been very kind to me,” Crist said. “I'm going to work extremely hard for them and I want to make sure our seniors are protected, Social Security is protected, that we fight to protect our beautiful environment here in Pinellas County, it's the jewel of Florida.”

UPDATED: 10/19, 6:15 p.m.:

Charlie Crist has announced three times for his "major announcement" Tuesday, Oct. 20:

  • 10:30 AM: Childs Park, 4301 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg  (near recreation center)
  • 11:15 AM: War Veterans' Memorial Park, 9600 Bay Pines Boulevard, St. Petersburg
  • 12:15 PM: Pier 60, 1 Causeway Boulevard, Clearwater

Former Gov. Charlie Crist, a one-time Republican who ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate as an independent and as a Democrat for governor, appears poised to enter a Congressional race.

Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly was elected to represent Florida’s 13th Congressional district in a special election in 2014, and was re-elected in November 2014. 

This week on Florida Matters (Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 a.m.), we feature a newsmaker special with Jolly, who is now campaigning for the Senate seat being vacated by  U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.  

This post was updated at 10:30 a.m. on March 12.

Republican David Jolly wrung out a victory during a special election in Florida on Tuesday for the Tampa Bay-area district vacated by the late Rep. Bill Young.

As our friends at It's All Politics reported, the neck-and-neck race between Jolly and Democrat Alex Sink was seen as "a proxy for how President Obama and his signature health care legislation will play at the polls in November."

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Results from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Electionswith 225 out of 225 precincts in District 13 reporting, show Republican David Jolly has won the special election with 48.43 percent of the vote.

The district covers most of Pinellas County and was held for more than 40 years by Republican C.W. "Bill" Young, who passed away in October.

Here are the results, according to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections

Polls are now closed in the special election for Congressional District 13 and several municipal elections.

According to the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, unofficial results that include early voting and partial mail ballots show Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly both have close to 47 percent;  Libertarian Lucas Overby has close to 5 percent.

 

Polls are open until 7 p.m. in the special election for Congressional District 13 and several municipal elections.

Here is an update on turnout, which includes the 13th District and several municipal elections, as of 6 p.m. from Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark: 

There's a congressional election in Florida on Tuesday that's worth watching — even if you don't live in the Tampa Bay-area district where it's taking place.

It's not because the winner of the neck-and-neck special election between Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly will affect the GOP's stranglehold on the U.S. House this cycle. It won't.

Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

The question to the three candidates running for Congressional Distrcit 13, Congressman C.W. "Bill" Young’s former seat, was straightforward:

“The Senate has passed a comprehensive immigration bill. If it’s brought to a vote in the house, would you support it? And, why? And if not, why?” asked moderator Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political science professor.

The candidates answered in order.

First, Libertarian Lucas Overby who said he would support the Senate immigration bill.

Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

The three candidates running for Pinellas County's District 13, Congressman Bill Young's former seat, debated for 90 minutes Tuesday morning to a sparse crowd of business leaders at Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre.

The candidates: Republican David Jolly, Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby were asked their opinions on the negative ads by third-parties and how they would resolve the flood insurance crisis.

However, the final question asked by moderator –  University of South Florida political science professor Dr. Susan MacManus – may have been the toughest.

Lottie Watts

The late C.W. "Bill" Young served in Congress for more than four decades. A special election will be held March 11 to decide who will replace him.

Democrat Alex Sink is running against Republican David Jolly and Libertarian Lucas Overby to fill the open seat in 13th Congressional District, which covers most of Pinellas County.

Sink is Florida's former Chief Financial Officer. She lost in the last race for governor to Rick Scott. She recently moved from her home in Hillsborough County to Pinellas County.

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Lottie Watts

The late C.W. "Bill" Young served in Congress for more than four decades. A special election will be held March 11 to decide who will replace him.

Republican David Jolly is running against Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby to fill the open seat in 13th Congressional District, which covers most of Pinellas County.

Jolly spent most of his career working for Congressman Young, most recently as his general counsel. Jolly has also has worked as a consultant, lawyer and lobbyist.