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06/24/2014 07:38 pm ET Updated Jun 24, 2014

Republican Businessman Curt Clawson Wins Special Election To Replace Trey Radel

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Republican businessman Curt Clawson has won the special election to replace former Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.), the Associated Press reports.

Clawson easily defeated Democratic rival April Freeman in Tuesday's primary, in addition to Libertarian candidate Ray Netherwood.

Florida's 19th Congressional District, a largely Republican portion of southwest Florida, has not had representation since January, when Radel stepped down after pleading guilty to misdemeanor cocaine possession.

Clawson, who is retired, largely funded his own campaign, giving him an edge over his Republican opponents during his April primary.

As Reuters noted earlier Tuesday, Clawson will have to vie for reelection in November.

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