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Curt Clawson Wins Special Election Primary In Race For Trey Radel's Seat

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UNITED STATES - MAY 22: From left, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., D-Mich., Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., and Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas hold a news conference at the Capitol on H.R.1962, the 'Free Flow of Information Act of 2013' on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. The legislation would 'increase protections for members of the media by providing a qualified privilege that prevents a reporter's source material from being revealed to government investigators except under narrow circumstances, such as where necessary to pr | Bill Clark via Getty Images

Curt Clawson has defeated three other challengers in the race for Rep. Trey Radel's (R-Fla.) former House seat, the Associated Press reports.

Clawson, a self-funded Florida businessman, will face off against Democrat April Freeman in the June 24 general election.

Three other Republicans vied for the GOP nomination: Lizbeth Benacquisto, Michael Dreikorn and Paige Kreegel.

Radel resigned in January after pleading guilty to cocaine possession.

As the Associated Press notes, Clawson led the fundraising race with $2.8 million. According to Politico, Clawson put $3.4 million of his own money into his campaign. The primary was also flooded by outside groups, with $2.1 million spent mostly in attack ads.

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