Curt Clawson has won the Tuesday special election to determine who will battle to win the seat of former Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.), the Associated Press reports.
Clawson will face Democratic challenger April Freeman at the polls in a general election on June 24.
Radel resigned in January after being arrested for buying cocaine.
The AP reported earlier on the GOP candidates:
The campaign in the solidly GOP district to replace Trey Radel has been marred by allegations of connections to child sex offenders, questionable business dealings and negative attack ads.
The winner of Tuesday's special election will still likely defeat a Democratic challenger in the June 24 general election.
There are four candidates on the GOP ballot: Lizbeth Benacquisto, a 46-year-old state senator; Curt Clawson, a 54-year-old former CEO of an aluminum wheel company; Michael Dreikorn, a 52-year-old aerospace and defense consultant; and Paige Kreegel, a 55-year-old physician.
Read more on the election from the AP here.