Republican Curt Clawson easily won the special election in Florida's 19th District Tuesday and will fill out the term of former GOP Rep. Trey Radel, who resigned in January after pleading guilty to cocaine possession, according to The Associated Press.
Clawson, a businessman and former Purdue basketball player, was favored to represent the solidly-red district after winning an expensive Republican primary in April, a campaign he largely self-funded.
The 54-year-old from Bonita Springs received 66,889 votes, or about 67 percent of the vote, in Tuesday’s special election. Clawson defeated Cape Coral Democrat April Freeman and Marco Island Libertarian Ray Netherwood.
Clawson is expected to be sworn into office Wednesday, and said he plans to be voting on the floor in the coming days.
A retired chief executive at an automotive parts and wheel manufacturer, Clawson used his victory speech to tout his economic plan.
He said he hoped to work with lawmakers to grow the economy by five percent. Once that happens, he told the crowd, his plan implements the Penny Plan, first proposed by former U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, a Clawson supporter, which would cut one percent of the federal budget.