Republican favored in Florida special congressional election

TAMPA Fla. Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:05am EDT

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TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - Voters in southwest Florida on Tuesday were expected to pick another Republican to replace U.S. Representative Trey Radel, who resigned in January after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine.

Retired businessman Curt Clawson is the favorite to win a special election in Florida's 19th Congressional District, a traditionally Republican stronghold. He faces Democrat April Freeman and Libertarian Ray Netherwood in the contest.

Clawson, a former chief executive officer of a wheel manufacturing company and basketball star at Purdue University, tapped his personal wealth in a heated Republican primary battle.

A political newcomer, he branded himself a Washington outsider - a message that resonated with Tea Party supporters and helped him secure the party's nomination in April.

The winner of Tuesday's election will fill the remainder of Radel's term and must seek re-election in November.

(Reporting by Letitia Stein; Editing by Colleen Jenkins and Doina Chiacu)

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morbas wrote:
Shame on TEA-GOP Scalawag Legislatures for this American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) 17th Century Republican Resurgent carpetbag of North Carolina. To action to action FLA, coming to a state near you.

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runfast3 wrote:
Would you mind speaking in English as you mess is so hard to understand. In other words,PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT IN THE HELL YOU JUST SAID.

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Dehumanist wrote:
Everyone is an outsider until they’ve served a term in Congress, that message gets old real fast

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