NRCC congratulates Curt Clawson on CD 19 win

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Curt Clawson has won a Republican primary in a special election that was called after the district’s congressman resigned in January after being arrested for buying cocaine.

With 96 precent of precincts counted, Clawson had 38 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s four-way race, ahead of Lizbeth Benacquisto, who had 26 percent. Paige Kreegel had 25 percent and Michael Dreikorn had 11 percent.

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden issued the following statement on Clawson’s victory:

“Congratulations are in order for Curt Clawson on becoming the Republican nominee in Florida’s 19th Congressional District Special Primary Election tonight. Throughout his campaign, Curt has outlined his conservative principles on how he will stop ObamaCare from hurting Florida families, grow the economy and get Washington’s spending under control.

“Curt’s commonsense business skills will help him fight for Florida families and ensure a bright future for generations to come. Tonight, voters demonstrated they want a Republican leader who is going to help families and grow jobs. I look forward to working with Curt in Congress to make life better for families across America.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.