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DCCC set to hit airwaves in Florida special election

The House Democratic campaign arm is preparing to hit the airwaves for the first time in Florida's 13th district special election, a battleground race seen as a testing ground for both parties ahead of the November midterm elections.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved more than $200,000 for television advertising running from Jan. 21-27, a Democratic official said.

The race pits Democrat Alex Sink against Republican David Jolly. Sink is a strong fundraiser who outraised the entire Republican field during the primary. Jolly is a former aide to  long-serving congressman C.W. Bill Young (R), who died in October.

The National Republican Congressional Committee spent about $100,000 this week, some of it on a Web ad.

Jolly wants to make the race a referendum on the federal health-care law, while Sink believes the contest will pivot on a broader range of issues. Both candidates have hit the airwaves on their own already.

The election will be held March 11.





Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.



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