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White House: Obamacare Not Decisive In Florida Special Election

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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."