District 13 Primary: David Jolly wins Republican nomination to fill the late Rep. C.W. Bill Young's Congressional seat

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Video: SPEECH: David Jolly declares victory in GOP primary

  • David Jolly accepting the Republican nomination to represent Florida District 13 in the U.S. House of Representatives



St. Petersburg, Florida -- Results for Tuesday's special election primary are in, naming David Jolly the Republican candidate in the race for the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young's Congressional seat.

RESULTS: District 13 Republican Primary Election 

Jolly declared victory in a three-way primary on Tuesday over retired Marine Corps General Mark Bircher and Florida Rep. Kathleen Peters.

"We had a primary, the voters have spoken, our party is going to come together no question at all," Jolly told reporters after declaing victory.

Unofficial results from the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections website have Jolly with 44.58 percent of the votes cast, Peters in second with 30.95 percent and Bircher with 24.46 percent.

More than 45,000 ballots were cast in Tuesday's primary, a voter turnout of 26.86 percent.

Jolly, a lobbyist who had endorsements ranging from Young's widow Beverly to former The Price is Right host Bob Barker, will now face Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby in the March 11 general election.

Following his GOP victory, Jolly also picked up the support of Bill Young II, who during the primary supported Peters.

"It's time to support David and make sure we beat Alex Sink," Young told 10 News.

Yet Peters was not so quick to endorse Jolly on Tuesday night. "I'm sure David and I will have a conversation about his campaign as it moves forward and we'll see how that conversation goes," Peters said after being asked if she would now support her republican opponent.

Jolly capitalized on a wave of anger over the botched rollout of President Obama's health care law by casting himself as the staunchest "Obamacare" opponent.

The congressional Florida District 13 encompasses almost all of densely populated Pinellas County. It had been represented for 43 years by Rep. Young, until he passed away in October.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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