NBC News confirms that Democrat Alex Sink won't wage a rematch against Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., in November, according to a Democrat with knowledge of Sink's decision.
Last month, Jolly narrowly defeated Sink in a closely watched special election to fill the congressional seat vacated by the late Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla.
While the district is competitive -- Obama won it in 2012 -- Sink's decision means that Jolly has an easier path to holding on to the congressional seat in the general election.
Top Democrats said after Sink's special election defeat that they hoped she would run against against Jolly in November.
"We feel good about our prospects here," DCCC chairman Steve Israel said on MSNBC's The Daily Rundown last month. "And I hope that she does run again, because she did an extraordinary job."
First published April 15 2014, 7:45 AM
Mark Murray is the Senior Political Editor at NBC News, where he covers politics for the network, writes and edits its popular â€œFirst Readâ€ blog, and appears daily on MSNBC and Washington DCâ€™s NBC affiliate to discuss the latest political news.
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Before joining NBC News in 2003, Murray spent five years as a reporter at National Journal. And he has written freelance articles published in the New York Times (Sunday op-ed page), the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Monthly, Washingtonian magazine, and Washington City Paper.
Murray is a 1996 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (B.A.), and he resides in Washington DC.