Tuesday, November 6, 2012

For the 22nd time, Bill Young will be representing Pinellas County in Congress

Posted By on Tue, Nov 6, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Jessica Ehrlich & Mitch Perry at Studio@620 in St. Petersburg last July
  • Jessica Ehrlich & Mitch Perry at Studio@620 in St. Petersburg last July
The Associated Press has called the Florida Congressional District 13 race in Pinellas County for C.W. Bill Young over his Democratic opponent, 38-year-old attorney Jessica Ehrlich.

With 105 of the 225 precincts in, Young leads Ehrlich 58-42 percent.

Believe it or not (and pending the final tally), that 42 percent for Ehrlich would be the second best result for a Democrat against the legendary Young in the 42 years that he's been in office.

Ehrlich is a promising candidate who was frustrated that Young would not consent to debating her. (Young's reluctance was not surprising, considering that it's been decades since he's done so.) Despite her promise, Ehrlich was running against a virtual legend in Pinellas, a man who takes in a considerable amount of Democratic votes each and every election.

Democrats were excited about the seat in 2010, especially after Barack Obama won Young's congressional district. However, as Young said at the time, he won his district as well.

There was even talk that Young would step down that year, but GOP insiders allegedly told Young that they had a legitimate shot of retaking the House in 2010, and asked him to get back in the race. He did, and promptly shellacked Charlie Justice.

Ehrlich was supported by some D.C. groups. The question now is will she challenge Young in 2014, when she'll be 40, and Young will be 83?

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