Matt Gaetz Wins His Primary

Despite federal sex crimes probe
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2022 12:02 AM CDT
Matt Gaetz Wins His Primary
Representative Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, in Orlando, Fla.   (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Despite the federal sex trafficking investigation he's facing, Matt Gaetz easily won his primary Tuesday night in Florida. The Republican congressman had 67.5% of the vote with 92% of the vote in, NBC News reports. His main GOP challenger, former FedEx exec Mark Lombardo, had 26.3%. Gaetz went hard on campaigning as well as on ads, spending $1.1 million, and he was endorsed by former President Trump. The district is among Florida's most conservative; Trump carried it in the last presidential election by more than 33 percentage points. That means Gaetz is likely to be re-elected in the general, the Hill reports. (Read more Matt Gaetz stories.)

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