White House: Obamacare Not Decisive In Florida Special Election

AP

Obamacare was not a decisive factor in Florida’s special election, the White House said Wednesday.

Lobbyist David Jolly (R) defeated former Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink (D) Tuesday in the race to fill the late Rep. Bill Young’s (R-FL) seat.

In the daily briefing, Press Secretary Jay Carney dismissed the idea that voters’ opinion of Obamacare had a net positive or negative impact on that race. He pointed out that Jolly beat Sink by just 2 percentage points even though Florida’s 13th congressional district had been a safe Republican seat for decades.

“Any fair assessment about the role that debate of the Affordable Care Act played reaches the conclusion that at best for the Republicans it was a draw,” Carney said in the daily briefing. “I think that’s evidenced by the fact that the Republican candidate himself didn’t mention it in his victory speech.”

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