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Could the Libertarian decide CD13 race?

Lucas Overby


Lucas Overby



All the pundits are calling Pinellas County's big-money, nationally watched congressional election a razor-thin contest that could go to the Democrats or Republicans.

But this analysis leaves out a key factor named Lucas Overby.

He's a Libertarian who has been in the race longer than either Democrat Alex Sink or Republican David Jolly, and who participated in all three candidate debates alongside the other two.

Most polls give Overby 4 to 7 percent of the vote, with one setting his support at 12 percent. With a neck-and-neck race between Jolly and Sink, will Overby's campaign impact Tuesday's results?

"Absolutely," said Darryl Paulson, professor emeritus of government at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. "The big question is what kind of impact?"

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[Last modified: Thursday, March 6, 2014 8:05pm]


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