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Rand Paul-Backed Millionaire Wins GOP Primary For Coke Congressman's Seat


Tuesday's election ended a tense primary in which Clawson, Benacquisto, and the other candidates traded attacks over Clawson's record and connections to a convicted sex-offender.

Clawson won, notably, was endorsed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and throughout the race styled himself as the outsider tea party candidate who had a strong background in the business.

The race was also notable for the spending. Clawson spent $2.65 million of his own money into the campaign while super Pacs for the candidates also poured millions into the race.

Clawson moves on to face Democrat April Freeman in the general election on June 24.