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Clawson wins Florida District 19 GOP Special Election

It turns out Florida's 19th Congressional district does like outsiders. After electing political newcomer Trey Radel in 2012, the voters of Florida District 19 have once again elected an outsider. Self funded candidate Curt Clawson defeated current Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto and former state representative Paige Kreegel in the GOP special primary election.
The election was called when Radel resigned after being arrested on cocaine possession halfway through his first term. Benacquisto was the early favorite, though she could never overcome the outsider appeal of Clawson, who moved to the district shortly before filing for the election.
The 54-year-old former CEO of an aluminum wheel company will face Democrat April Freeman in the June 24 general election in the heavily Republican district, which includes parts of Lee and Collier counties. The winner will fill the seat left vacant by Radel. You can read more in Politico.

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