This is what Democrats were worried about and now it has happened: A Republican candidate for Congress, running on a platform of repealing and replacing Obamacare beat a Democrat.
It happened last night in a special election down in Florida and it should send shivers up the spine of every Democrat running in 2014.
Think about it: David Jolly beat Alex Sink and Democrats outspent the GOP, not to mention Jolly (a lobbyist) wasn’t the best candidate in the world.
Buckle your seatbelt. Obamacare may be President Obama’s legacy but it may not end up being a good one, politically and otherwise.
More info on last night’s election below:
Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink on Tuesday in a Tampa-area House district where President Barack Obama's health care overhaul got its first test ahead of November's midterm elections and both sides spent millions auditioning national strategies.
With almost 100 percent of the vote counted, Jolly had 48.5 percent of the vote to Sink's 46.7 percent. Libertarian Lucas Overby had 4.8 percent. The election was to replace 42-year Republican Rep. CW Bill Young, who died in October of cancer, and the evenly divided district had been considered a toss-up.
The implications of the dueling messages for the midterm elections inspired both parties to call in star advocates like former President Bill Clinton and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, in addition to blanketing the district with ads, calls and mailings. More than $11 million has been spent on the race, according to the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit group that tracks government information.