Rep. Corrine Brown voted out of office

Longtime Congresswoman falls to Al Lawson in newly redrawn district

She's served the Jacksonville area in Congress for over 20 years.

Facing a new district map and a federal indictment, 12-term incumbent Democrat Corrine Brown has lost narrowly to former State Representative and State Senator Al Lawson in Tuesday's primary for the District 5 Congressional seat. Lawson will now face Republican Glo Smith in November.

Even though Lawson didn't defeat Brown in her home base of Duval County, he managed to make more inroads than Brown was able to make into Lawson's base in Leon County, according to the voting results.  Those results also show that former Duval County Democrat Party Chairwoman LJ Holloway - who finished a distant third - did most of her damage in Duval, finishing close behind Lawson and cutting even further into Brown's voter base.

She says her newly redrawn district boundaries were a big factor in the failed re-election bid. When asked if a recent federal indictment for fraud and related charges was also a factor, Brown said it was to the extent that she couldn't focus as much on campaigning.

"It's been an honor serving the people, and they're going to have a new representative," Brown says.

She's accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations to a fake charity and using the money instead for personal expenses.

Brown says she will support Lawson in November and called for a higher turnout overall if Democrats want to be successful in the November 8th general election.

"We've got to have a better turnout or we will all have sad faces," she says.

She says she will now focus on "living in the moment", although she does have things she would like to accomplish before she leaves office, including work with the Port and the VA. She also thanked supporters, saying she loves them.

Lawson had a similar tone after he formally announced his victory.

“Now we’ve got to get out there and meet even more people, hear what’s on their minds, and make sure we’re doing all we can to encourage others to get out and vote this November," Lawson added. "I promise to be a leader District 5 can trust and to work hard to deliver for the people of North Florida.

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