Skip to comments.Self-funder poised to win GOP nod for Trey Radel seat [Special Election primary today]
Posted on 04/22/2014 9:39:25 AM PDT by GIdget2004
Republican voters in a southwest Florida congressional district will go to the polls Tuesday to pick a likely successor to former Rep. Trey Radel, the freshman Republican who resigned in January after pleading guilty to cocaine possession.
Without stark policy disagreements among the GOP candidates and without the bellwether status of the Sunshine States 13th District, where a closely contested special election last month riveted national political watchers Tuesdays primary vote in the 19th District will test the sway of campaign cash and endorsements from political heavyweights such as Rand Paul and Sarah Palin.
The four-way Republican race in the soundly red district attracted more than $2 million in outside spending and more than $3.5 million in self-funding, and left locals disconcerted by a barrage of negative campaigning.
This has taken a very personal tone, this race, said Lee County Republican Chairman Terry Miller in a phone interview. When there isnt a lot to differentiate the candidates on policy, theyve gone to other aspects to try to articulate why theyre the best person to vote for.
With 38 percent of likely voters support, Curt Clawson led the primary field heading into the final weekend before the special primary, according to an automated survey from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, conducted for the Fort Myers News-Press and the citys CBS affiliate, WINK-TV.
The manufacturing executive and former Purdue basketball player dubbed himself the outsider of the race and put at least $3.4 million into his campaign. Some of that money went to a local TV ad that aired during the Super Bowl, featuring Clawson shooting hoops.
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Honest, is this the best rendering of the news story you could find? Politico?
They should require ALL the candidates to pee in a bottle before the vote, and promise to so so publicly every Monday morning..as long as they serve..
My report: GOPe says “Waah, we could have had a female-hispanic line toe-er instead of some meddlesome conservative!
I read all sorts of newspapers and sources, and have the ability to form opinions on their angle or bias all on my own. Feel free to not click on the link.
Either Curt Clawson or Lizbeth Benacquisto would be acceptable as I recall. I personally am rooting for Benacquisto, Sarah Palin’s pick.