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Did Sink get outspent in GOP district? Not really

The votes in the special election for Florida’s 13th Congressional District were barely in before the blame game began.

On March 11, 2013, Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in the high-profile Pinellas County race to fill the seat of the late Republican Rep. C.W. Bill Young.

Shortly after Sink lost, the Democratic National Committee sent out a fundraising email signed by the DNC’s CEO, Amy K. Dacey. In it, Dacey called the result "really scary" because "Republican super PACs and outside groups rode to the rescue of a straight-up corporate lobbyist (Jolly) -- spending $5 million to tear down his Democratic opponent."

After urging recipients of the email to "chip in $3 or more," Dacey offered an analysis of the outcome:

"In a district that Republicans have held for almost six decades, we nearly pulled off an incredible upset thanks to grassroots support from Democrats like you -- but we fell short for one reason: We got outspent in a Republican district. And call me old fashioned, but I think people, and not special interests, should decide elections."

We wondered whether the DNC is correct to say that Democrats "got outspent in a Republican district." PolitiFact will address the claim in two parts.

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