Charlie Crist wrests longtime GOP Pinellas seat from incumbent David Jolly - 2016-11-08

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F7.png Charlie Crist wrests longtime GOP Pinellas seat from incumbent David Jolly November 8, 2016, Charlie Frago, Tampa Bay Times

ST. PETERSBURG — Charlie Crist revived his political career Tuesday by winning a Pinellas County congressional seat that was held by Republicans for more than 60 years.

Crist, a former Republican governor running as a Democrat, beat incumbent Republican David Jolly by a relatively slim 52 percent to 48 percent margin in the 13th Congressional District, according to preliminary returns.

St. Petersburg's Crist won the new parts of the district, added in a court-ordered redraw last year, and also managed to cut enough into Jolly's Clearwater base to prevail in one of the most closely watched congressional races in the nation.


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