Businesswoman Kat Cammack easily dispatched nine other GOP candidates in the Republican Primary for Florida’s 3rd Congressional District on Tuesday, putting her one step closer to succeeding her former boss in the red meat district.
Cammack won with 25% vote to Judson Sapp‘s 19% and Gavin Rollins 15%, with most precincts being accounted for.
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Tonight’s victory comes as no surprise to most who followed the race. In recent weeks, Cammack truly separated herself from the rest of the field, becoming a true front-runner by raising money like a veteran and taking the top spot in two polls — one conducted earlier this month in Clay County, and another conducted last week by Meer Research.
Since entering the race, Cammack put together some of the most creative ads in the field, effectively hammering home her grassroots campaign that included her defense of the 2nd Amendment, support for the border wall, and the pro-life policies she promises to protect in Congress.
She also put together an impressive portfolio of big-name backers. She was endorsed by U.S. Senator Rand Paul and We Build the Wall founder Brian Kolfage, as well as several local leaders, activists, and elected officials.
“I am so honored to have earned the trust and support of the voters of FL-03 to represent the Republican Party in the General Election,” Cammack said following tonight’s victory. “From the bottom of my heart, thank you to our team of supporters and volunteers who gave it all for months to ensure we won this primary. I look forward to continuing to work hard to ensure us Republicans hold this seat in November and to bring a fresh conservative voice Washington next year.”
The former chief of staff for Congressman Ted Yoho will now go on to face the Democrat primary winner Adam Christensen. The matchup, however, bodes well for Cammack, who will benefit from her name recognition and experience in the district.
FL-03 includes Alachua, Bradford, Marion, Union, Putnam, and Clay counties and is largely made up of Republican voters. Yoho won the red district in 2016 earning 57.6% of the vote.
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