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Jolly wins Special Primary Election

Jolly wins Special Primary Election

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (970 WFLA) – Republican David Jolly comes out ahead with a win in Tuesday’s Special Primary Election and accepted the nomination as a candidate for the 13th Congressional District in front of a crowd of supporters.

"I am humbled by this and it is with a great respect for every voter in Pinellas County that tonight I am proud and I am honored and I am privileged to accept your nomination to be the next member of Congress," Jolly said.

Of 225 of 225 precincts reporting:

Mark Bircher     24.46%     11,242 votes

David Jolly        44.58%     20,493 votes

Kathleen Peters  30.96%    14,234 votes

Unofficial results show the difference in votes between Jolly and Peters is around 6,000.

Peters said this race proves one thing, "How critically important it is for whoever it is that has this seat that they are truly in touch with Pinellas County, that they have to have their finger on the pulse of Pinellas County, they have to include the local leaders of this county, they can't leave us out."

CLICK HERE to see election results on the Pinellas Supervisor of Election’s web site

Jolly, a long-time aide to former Congressman Bill Young, will face off in the general election on March 11 against Alex Sink, Lucas Overby, and Michael Levinson for the District 13 Congressional seat.

The 13th Congressional District encompasses almost all of Pinellas County.

The seat was previously held by Young, who spent 43 years in Congress and passed away in October 2013.

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