Kat Cammack wins 10-candidate primary for Congress; Rutherford, Lawson survive challenges

All NE Florida congressional candidates face opponents in November

Congressional seats in North Central and Northeast Florida
Congressional seats in North Central and Northeast Florida (Source: Florida Senate)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Kat Cammack, the former deputy chief of staff of retiring U.S. Rep. Ted Yoto won a 10-way Republican primary race to replace her former boss in District 3, which stretches from Clay County west to Gainesville and south to Ocala.

The 32-year-old Cammack owns a political consulting firm. She prominently featured her connection to Yoho during the campaign.

Cammack’s 25% of the vote propels her into the general election to face Democrat Adam Christensen, who narrowly prevailed in his three-way primary.

“I am so honored to have earned the trust and support of the voters,” Cammack said in a statement Tuesday night. “From the bottom of my heart, thank you to our team of supporters and volunteers who gave it all for months to ensure we secured this victory. 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.”

“Christensen’s campaign also released a statement after his victory, saying it was the only primary victory of a progressive candidate in the Florida primary.

“Mr. Christensen believes that Florida has been overlooked in politics for far too long and that this year more than ever before, as Yoho is retiring, presents an opportunity to bring real change to local and national politics,” the statement reads.

In District 4, incumbent Rep. John Rutherford early 80% of the Republican primary to advance to the general election against Democrat Donna Deegan in this district that covers Nassau County and much of Jacksonville and northern St. Johns County.

“I think there’s going to be a very clear, binary choice here,” Rutherford said of his November matchup against Deegan. “We have very conservative principals we’ve been very successful with those very conservative principles but working across the aisle as well and trying to be inclusive.”

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