Al Lawson wins 5th House District Democratic primary over Corrine Brown

8/30/2016

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In a contentious race for the U.S. 5th District Congressional seat, incumbent Corrine Brown lost the Democratic primary election against former State Senator, Al Lawson of Tallahassee. 

With more than 92% of the vote in, Lawson had a 52-35% lead over Brown.

Al Lawson was elected into the State House of Representatives in 1982 and served until 2000, when he was voted into Senate.

He will face Republican candidate Gloreatha "Glo" Scurry-Smith in general election in November. 

Congresswoman Brown served the 5th District since 1992 and has served on the House Veterans Affairs Committee since first coming to Congress.  However, major changes were made by re-districting, meaning the new Fifth District stretches from Jacksonville to Tallahassee, rather than running south to the Orlando area.

RELATED: Rep. Corrine Brown pleads not guilty on 22 counts; trial set for September

This loss comes during a litigious time for Brown, as she faces a 22-count indictment accusing her of using a false charity as her "personal slush fund." Using more than $80,000 it for things such as Jaguars' box seats and Beyonce concert tickets, according to Assistant Attorney General Caldwell. 

 

 


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