EMILY's List Backs Sink After Ditching Ehrlich in Florida Special Election

EMILY's List, the organization that seeks to boost women who support abortion rights into elected office, endorsed former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Alex Sink on Thursday in the special election to replace the late C.W. Bill Young, a Republican, in Florida's 13th District.

The endorsement comes one day after the organization removed a rival Democratic candidate — Jessica Ehrlich — from its website.

EMILY's List had placed Ehrlich "on the list" earlier this year, before Young announced his retirement and

and then passed away shortly thereafter – a denotation that is often a precursor to a full-on endorsement from the organization.

The Sink endorsement made no mention of Ehrlich's candidacy, and was announced just one day after Sink announced she is running in the special election to replace Young.

"Alex Sink has an outstanding record of public service and business leadership, and she’ll be ready to use her experience to fight for Florida in Congress from the day she takes office,” Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List, said in a release. “Alex has a long history of doing business in Pinellas County and working to improve the community for women and working families, which is probably why voters are already so excited about her leadership."

EMILY's List endorsed Sink's 2010 gubernatorial bid in the Sunshine State.

Ehrlich has made no indication that she will drop her bid for the 13th District. A special election primary will take place Jan. 14, with a general election on March 11.

GOP political consultant Nick Zoller announced his bid for the seat earlier this month. Other Republicans are mulling runs as well.

Florida's 13th District is rated a Tossup by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call. President Barack Obama carried the 13th District with 50 percent in 2012.