Florida's midterm harbinger: Democrats' losing hand
What bodes ill for Democrats in November's midterm elections — a Republican victory in last week's special election in Florida's 13th Congressional District — bodes well for Americans eager to shed the big-government burdens imposed by President Obama, his party and his supporters.
The race “offered both parties the chance to test-drive their political messages ahead of the midterm elections,” as The Washington Times put it. Unofficial results showed GOP lobbyist David Jolly defeating Democrat Alex Sink, a former Florida chief financial officer and unsuccessful 2010 gubernatorial candidate, 48.4 percent to 46.6 percent (Libertarian Lucas Overby got 4.8 percent of the vote).
Ms. Sink's campaign enlisted former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden, according to The Wall Street Journal. But not even they could push her to victory over a Republican who emphasized the need to repeal ObamaCare while she favored keeping and modifying that odious law.
Long home to retirees and represented for almost 43 years by Republican C.W. Bill Young, whose October death necessitated Tuesday's vote, the district has gotten younger and become a swing district, which Mr. Obama narrowly carried in 2012. That voters there rejected Sink — labeled “one of Nancy Pelosi's most prized candidates” by the National Republican Congressional Committee's chairman — is a promising sign that Americans are poised to deal Obama's Democrats a stinging rebuke this fall.
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