Published: Nov 07, 2012 1:22 AM EST
Updated: Nov 07, 2012 1:23 AM EST

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - Trey Radel claimed victory in the 19th Congressional District. he and his supporters gathered at the Trianon Hotel in Bonita Springs.
The celebration began early on as his supporters watched the first numbers come in. Radel cautiously waited until nearly 10 p.m. before announcing victory.

In his speech, He promised conservative leadership. He said he's ready to get down to serious business.

"There are ways we can work together as a country aside from R and D and Independents can all get together to get this economy back on track and get rid of this debt that threatens the very existence of our country," Radel said.

Radel thanked the voters, especially who stood in long lines. He also thanked his Democratic opponent Jim Roach, not only for the way the race was run, but for his service as a veteran.

This was Radel's first run for office. Radel is a former reporter and conservative talk show host, who ran for Congress after Connie Mack's seat was left empty while he ran for U.S. Senate. Mack lost to Senator Bill Nelson.

Radel said this victory is very surreal right now, but he's looking forward to getting to work for Southwest Florida