David Jolly has won the special election for Florida's vacant congressional seat, the Associated Press reports.
Jolly, a Republican, defeated Democratic opponent Alex Sink by a 2-point margin. Sink conceded just before 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
The race, which was held to fill the seat left vacant by the late Rep. Bill Young (R-Fla.), drew national attention as operatives on both sides saw the election as an opportunity to test out campaign strategies for the upcoming midterm races. Outside groups poured money into the race, outspending the candidate's own campaign committees. High-profile surrogates, including Vice President Joe Biden, came down to Florida to campaign.
“Tonight, one of Nancy Pelosi’s most prized candidates was ultimately brought down because of her unwavering support for Obamacare, and that should be a loud warning for other Democrats running coast to coast," National Republican Congressional Committee chair Greg Walden said in a statement, according to The Hill.