After nearly five months without representation in the U.S. House of Representatives, voters in Pinellas County’s District 13 have selected Republican David Jolly to take the position left vacant when C.W. “Bill” Young died Oct. 18.
Young, a Republican, served District 13 for nearly 43 years.
Jolly, 41, faced Democrat Alex Sink, 65, and Libertarian Lucas Overby, 27, in the March 11 special election. Write-in candidate Michael S. Levinson also qualified to run in the hotly contested election.
Jolly will serve an eight-month term.
Sink took an early lead, as unofficial results were posted at the Supervisor of Elections website soon after the polls closed at 7 p.m. Sink led in the beginning with just over 48 percent. Then Jolly took the lead with 48 percent and held on until all 225 precincts were counted. Overby chipped in about 5 percent, and the write-in candidate had less than 1 percent.
According to unofficial results posted on the Supervisor of Elections website, it was a close race. Jolly garnered 88,294 votes, 48.43 percent. Sink took in 84,877 votes, 46.56 percent. Overby received 8,799 votes, 4.83 percent and the write-in candidate received 325 votes, less than 1 percent.
According to Elections Administrator Nancy Whitlock, counts from the provisional ballots will be added. The unofficial results also do not contain all mail ballots or 10-day overseas ballots.
Official election results cannot be certified until votes from the 10-day overseas ballots are added to unofficial results, and the earliest that can occur is the 10th day after the election. The deadline to certify official election results is noon on the 12th day after the election.
According to the Florida Division of Elections, four candidates have already announced intentions to run for the District 13 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in November.
Two Republicans, John-Michael Fleig of St. Pete Beach and Frederick Preston Thomson of Clearwater are listed “active” as are Democrat Donald Warren Hackett Jr. of Largo and independent Michael S. Levinson of St. Petersburg.
A primary election is scheduled for Aug. 26. The general election is on Nov. 4.