Democrat Takes Lead in Fla. Congressional Race

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

LARGO, Fla. (AP) -- Democrat Alex Sink has taken an early lead in the Florida congressional race to replace the late Republican Rep. Bill Young.

With 129,000 votes counted, Sink had almost 49 percent of the vote to Republican David Jolly's 46 percent. Libertarian Lucas Overby had 5 percent.

Sink is a former state chief financial officer and was the Democratic nominee for governor in 2010, narrowly losing to Republican Rick Scott.

The toss-up race is seen as an early test of how President Barack Obama's health care overhaul will play in November's midterm elections.

The implications of the dueling messages for the midterm elections inspired both parties to call in star advocates like President Bill Clinton and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

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