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This contest involves a Washington lobbyist, a widow and her son, a former gubernatorial candidate, a swing district, and Bob Barker -- yes, that Bob Barker. From the start, the race delivered equal parts politics and drama during the Republican primary, as the son and widow of the late Rep. Bill Young signaled larger Republican Party divides by endorsing opposing candidates to run against Democrat Alex Sink in a district Young previously held for four decades. Young's widow, Beverly, along with game show host Bob Barker, endorsed her husband's former chief counsel and lobbyist, David Jolly; her son, Bill Young II, supported state representative Kathleen Peters. Ultimately, mother (and Barker) knew best as David Jolly easily won the Republican nomination with 45 percent of the vote. Jolly will go on to battle it out with Sink in the March special election. As for the district, it voted for President Obama in both 2008 and 2012, and Democrats have long looked forward to the time when Young -- who died in 2013 -- wouldn't be on the ballot.
As the Republican candidate, Jolly is set for a rough couple of months before he goes head to head against Sink, who has already raised more than $1.1 million for her campaign. Sink has a good chance of breaking up the decades-long Republican stronghold in Pinellas County, in a potential early-in-the-year Democratic pickup, but the swing district could still deliver some surprises in the coming months.
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