Three candidates vying to replace Radel

TAMPA, Fla. -- Voters in a heavily Republican southwest Florida district are selecting a replacement for U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, who resigned in January after pleading guilty to cocaine possession.

Republican Curt Clawson is a favorite to defeat Democrat April Freeman and Libertarian Ray Netherwood in Tuesday's vote.

Republicans make up about 45 percent of the registered voters in the district, with Democrats accounting for 27 percent. Mitt Romney defeated Barack Obama in the district with 61 percent of the vote in the 2012 presidential election.

Whoever wins will serve the last six months of Radel's term and will have to run for re-election in November to keep the job.


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