Alex Sink

"I am so honored and humbled by the outpouring of support our campaign received, but after reflection with my family I have made a personal decision not to run for the 13th Congressional District seat in the 2014 election," Sink said in a statement. "I want to thank every voter, volunteer and donor for their support — we can all be proud of the strong campaign we ran. I look forward to finding new, rewarding avenues where I can continue to effectively serve the people of Florida.

Alex Sink told the Tampa Bay Times on Monday she had received a detailed results analysis of the March 11 election in which Republican David Jolly defeated her. Jolly got 48.4 percent of the vote, Sink received 46.5 percent, Libertarian Lucas Overby received 4.8 percent and a write-in candidate received less than 0.2 percent. Sink said the data showed Republicans and Democrats voted as expected, but not as many independent voters turned out as they expected. She said she believes her lead among independent voters was in double digits. The question now, she said, "is really about November and what the electorate will look like."

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."

Associated Press

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

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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A longtime aide to Florida Congressman C.W. Bill Young clinched the Republican nomination Tuesday for a special election to fill the House seat of the late lawmaker.

Riding a wave of anger over the botched rollout of President Barack Obama's health care law, David Jolly bested State Rep. Kathleen Peters and retired Marine Brig. Gen. Mark Bircher, capturing 44 percent of the vote in a district that encompasses nearly all of Pinellas County on Florida's Gulf Coast.

Jolly will face Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby in the March 11 general election.

Former Price Is Right host Bob Barker wants Florida voters to come on down to the polls for Republican David Jolly next month.

Barker, who retired from the popular daytime game show in 2007 after 35 years, appeared in a television ad Thursday on behalf of Jolly, a lobbyist running in a special election for a St. Petersburg-area congressional seat.

Steve Newborn / WUSF

C.W. Bill Young was a fixture in Congress for decades, and his recent death has opened up a floodgate of candidates who want to succeed him in Congress. Five of them took part in a forum Friday at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg. Three of them will face off in a Republican primary on January 14. The winner of that race will go up against the Democrat, former Florida CFO Alex Sink, and Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby on March 11.


Fact-Checking GOP Attacks on Alex Sink

Nov 13, 2013

The Republican Party of Florida hasn't wasted any time in attacking Democrat Alex Sink, who has just announced she will run for the congressional seat of the late Bill Young.

Just hours after Sink announced, the Florida GOP posted a YouTube video that criticized Sink on a number of issues.

For one thing, the video's text reads, "...Florida's CFO (Chief Financial Officer) Alex Sink oversaw a 27 billion dollar loss in the state's pension fund."

Alex Sink for Congress Campaign

Within hours of Democrat Alex Sink's announcement that she is running for Bill Young's congressional seat, the Republican Party of Florida emailed and posted a negative ad about "Alex Sink's failures."

Former Florida Chief Financial Officer Sink is the first major candidate to announce for Congressional District 13 which was held by Republican C.W. Bill Young for 43 years before he died earlier this month.

Alex Sink, 65, has begun looking for a Pinellas home and said she will move "imminently" into the district from her east Hillsborough home 45 minutes away. The offices of the governor and Pinellas elections supervisor are looking at scheduling the primary for Jan. 14 and the general election for March 11, though nothing has been finalized. The winner of that special election could face another election less than six months later — an Aug. 26 primary, then a general election on Nov. 4, 2014.

Alex Sink, the former state Chief Financial Officer who was defeated by Rick Scott during the last election for Florida governor, announced today she is not planning to run for again for governor.

The announcement wasn't especially surprising, since the recent passing of her husband, Bill McBride - who was also a candidate for governor. The Democrat was defeated by Republican Jeb Bush.

Her withdrawal from consideration strengthens the possibility that Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist will choose to run for governor.

Don't Count Alex Sink Out of 2014 Governor's Race

Mar 26, 2013

Alex Sink, a retired banking executive and major Democratic fundraiser in her own right, was elected state chief financial officer in 2006 and ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2010 against Gov. Rick Scott. She acknowledged the death of her husband, Bill McBride, took away one of the main support pillars for her political career. "He wanted me to run again, but he said don't rush a decision, wait until next summer," she told the Tampa Tribune. "He was my most trusted adviser. That weighs heavily on my mind.