Alex Sink: No David Jolly rematch in November

Clearwater, Florida -- Alex Sink says thanks, but no thanks.

A month after losing to Republican David Jolly in the Congressional District 13 special election, Sink issued a statement saying she will not try to win the seat again in November.

"I am so honored and humbled by the outpouring of support our campaign received, but after reflection with my family I have made a personal decision not to run for the 13th Congressional District seat in the 2014 election," the statement read, in part."

READ: Alex Sink's full announcement (PDF)

Sink said in her statement that she would find new ways to serve Florida.

"I remain totally convinced that a Democrat can and will win this congressional seat in the fall, and I look forward to helping the Democratic nominee." she added.

Jolly defeated Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby in a special election to replace the late Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young back in March. The race for the 13th congressional district seat in Pinellas County garnered national attention and nearly $9 million in outside money. The district was considered a tossup, and ads for Sink and Jolly have inundated mailboxes and airwaves in recent weeks.

Jolly will finish serving out Young's term, and then will be up for re-election for a full 2-year term in November.

Republicans cast the news as a sign of Democrats' diminishing electoral prospects. Democrats said their eventual nominee would prevail on Election Day.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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