Pro-Life Candidate David Jolly Beats Pro-Abortion Alex Sink in Florida Special Election

State   |   Steven Ertelt, Andrew Bair   |   Mar 12, 2014   |   9:27AM   |   Washington, DC

In the race to replace the late Congressman Bill Young (R) in Florida’s 13th Congressional district, there was a clear contrast between the candidates on abortion and Obamacare.

Pro-lifers received a nice victory in Florida last night when the pro-life candidate won — setting up what could possibly be an exciting Congressional election year during which pro-life advocates will be working overtime to try to wrest control of the Senate from pro-abortion Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.florida

Republican David Jolly is pro-life and opposes Obamacare. He was actively supported by the National Right to Life Victory Fund in the Republican primary. Jolly states on his campaign website, “I believe life begins at conception and that we should encourage a culture that values life – from the unborn, to the young child abandoned by their parents, to the senior residing alone in a nursing facility.”

Conversely, Democrat Alex Sink is pro-abortion and supports Obamacare. She was backed by EMILY’s List. EMILY’s List only supports radical pro-abortion candidates who support abortion-on-demand for any reason and who support taxpayer-funded abortions.

According to official figures, Jolly edged Sink by less than 3,500 votes — 88,294 to 84,877. Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby finished a distant third with 8,799 votes. Jolly’s share of the vote was 48.52 percent, with Sink capturing 46.64 percent and Overby 4.84 percent.

The most recent opinion polls had Sink leading the race by between 7 and 9 percent. Sink, 65, conceded defeat shortly before 8 p.m., less than an hour after the polls had closed.

“David Jolly’s victory tonight is an early win for the pro-life movement. Alex Sink’s extreme pro-abortion views may have earned her the endorsement of EMILY’s List and Planned Parenthood’s ‘Choice Award,’ but they also put her far outside the mainstream,” said SBA List Candidate Fund President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Tonight’s result sets the tone for the 2014 midterms: candidates who hold fast to the Democratic Party platform of taxpayer funded abortion on demand, at any time, alienate voters at the ballot box.”

Oregon Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in a statement to The Hill, “Tonight, one of Nancy Pelosi’s most prized candidates was ultimately brought down because of her unwavering support for Obamacare, and that should be a loud warning for other Democrats running coast to coast.”
EMILY’s List reports that Sink “won Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida’s 2003 “Choice Award” for her outspoken support of a woman’s right to choose.”  Sink has received a 100% rating from the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider.