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A Special Election –Florida Congressional District 13

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Following the death of Congressman Bill Young (R), Florida Governor Rick Scott scheduled a January 14 special primary and March 11 special general election to fill the 13th Congressional District seat.

Declared candidates for the Republican primary are pro-life attorney David Jolly, pro-abortion state Rep. Kathleen Peters, and attorney Mark Bircher, whose position on life issues is unknown.

David Jolly is the only candidate in the GOP primary who has taken a pro-life stand. State Rep. Kathleen Peters has a 100% pro-abortion voting record – even voting against a ban on sex-selection abortions. Mark Bircher has not returned National Right to Life’s questionnaire and has refused to answer questions about his position when asked by local Floridians.

The winner of the January 14 Republican primary will face Alex Sink in the March 11 general election.

The field has been cleared for pro-abortion Democrat candidate Sink, an EMILY’s List candidate. EMILY’s List only supports radical pro-abortion candidates who support abortion-on-demand for any reason and who support taxpayer-funded abortions.

The district went 51% for Obama in 2012.

Early voting begins January 4 through January 12, 2014 for the January 14 special primary election.

Look for election updates in future National Right to Life News Today at www.nationalrighttolifenews.org.

The special election for Florida Congressional District 13 has captured widespread attention and generated significant political buzz, as voters prepare to cast their ballots in a contest that holds implications not only for the district itself but also for the broader political landscape of the state and the nation.

The special election was called to fill the vacancy left by the departure of the previous representative, creating an opportunity for candidates to step forward and vie for the chance to represent the constituents of District 13. With the spotlight firmly focused on the candidates and their platforms, voters are faced with the important task of selecting the individual they believe is best suited to represent their interests and address the pressing issues facing their community.

As candidates crisscross the district, engaging voters and outlining their visions for the future, key issues have emerged as focal points of the campaign. From healthcare and education to economic development and environmental conservation, candidates are tasked with articulating their policy proposals and demonstrating their ability to enact meaningful change on behalf of their constituents.

The outcome of the special election is anticipated to have far-reaching ramifications, not only for the residents of District 13 but also for the balance of power in Congress. With control of the House of Representatives hanging in the balance, every seat is of paramount importance, and the results of this election could potentially tip the scales in favor of one party or the other.

Moreover, the special election serves as a barometer of public sentiment and a reflection of the political climate in Florida and across the country. As voters head to the polls, their choices will send a powerful message about their priorities, values, and aspirations for the future, shaping the trajectory of policy and governance in the months and years to come.

In the midst of heightened political polarization and partisan divisions, the special election for Florida Congressional District 13 offers an opportunity for voters to come together and participate in the democratic process. Regardless of political affiliation, every vote cast represents a voice heard and a stake claimed in the future direction of the district and the nation as a whole.

As candidates make their final appeals and voters prepare to make their voices heard, the special election for Florida Congressional District 13 stands as a testament to the enduring vitality of democracy and the collective power of engaged citizens to shape the course of history. In the end, it is the voters who will ultimately decide the outcome of this closely watched contest, determining the path forward for their community and their country.


Chelsea Garcia is a political writer with a special interest in international relations and social issues. Events surrounding the war in Ukraine and the war in Israel are a major focus for political journalists. But as a former local reporter, she is also interested in national politics.

Chelsea Garcia studied media, communication and political science in Texas, USA, and learned the journalistic trade during an internship at a daily newspaper. In addition to her political writing, she is pursuing a master's degree in multimedia and writing at Texas.

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