Florida Special Election Tests Impact of Obamacare

Many in the media are framing Tuesday’s’ special election in Florida between Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly as a bellwhether of Obamacare’s impact on the 2014 elections.

The Daily Caller reports that outside groups have spent around $9 million on the special election for Florida’s 13th Congressional District, which pits a pro-Obamacare Sink against anti-Obamacare Jolly. The Republicans have zeroed in on Sink’s support for Obamacare, a strategy many conservative candidates will take across the country.

Meanwhile, Sink has defended her position, arguing the law needs improvement, but that we cannot go back to “letting insurance companies do whatever they want."

Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling gives Sink a 3-point lead over Jolly, 48/45, heading into the election. The Libertarian candidate Lucas Overby took 6 percent of the vote.

Despite the heavy focus on the impact of Obamacare, the election might come down to good old fashioned name recognition, with Sink enjoying broader recognition throughout the state, having served as Florida’s CFO and recently run for Florida Governor against Rick Scott.