TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Four Republicans, a Democrat and a Libertarian are running to replace a disgraced Florida congressman.
Qualifying for Florida's 19th Congressional District closed at noon on Wednesday. The four GOP candidates will square off in an April 22 primary. The general election is June 24.
Trey Radel, who pleaded guilty to cocaine-possession charges last year, resigned from Congress in late January.
The Republicans who qualified are State Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, former state Rep. Paige Kreegel, former Purdue University basketball star Curt Clawson and Michael Dreikorn.
The two other candidates are Ray Netherwood, a Libertarian, and Democrat April Freeman. Timothy Rossano qualified as a write-in candidate but his name will not appear on the ballot.
The Southwest Florida district is solidly Republican, offering Democrats little chance of a pick-up opportunity.
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