Sunshine State News
U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., will forego his Senate bid to replace Marco Rubio and instead will run for re-election in CD 13, Jolly announced Friday.
“I have unfinished business,” Jolly told reporters in St. Petersburg.
“I believe the opportunity to serve Pinellas County is just as right [as Senate bid]” said Jolly.
Now the Republican congressman will face off against former Gov. Charlie Crist for the seat. Crist announced his campaign last year.
A recent St. Pete Polls survey found Jolly would be very competitive in his re-election bid, holding a slight lead over Crist. Jolly carried 44.3 percent to Crist’s 43.7 percent in that poll.
Jolly’s announcement focused heavily on his time serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. VA reforms, the Stop Act and serving the local community were all talking points for the Pinellas County congressman, who has served since 2014.