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.