Rep. C.W. Bill Young won a three-way primary challenge Tuesday by clobbering two Republicans in the race to represent U.S. House District 13.
The 81-year-old collected 69 percent of more than 56,000 votes in Pinellas County. Challengers Darren Ayres and Madeline Vance collected 18 and 12 percent of the vote, respectively. "I really, strongly appreciate the strong support my fellow Republicans gave me today," Young said.
Ayres, 53, and Vance, 78, are both first-time candidates with religious backgrounds whose campaigns were affiliated with the tea party. Young's campaign this year has been largely uneventful, with the 21-term congressman saying his record speaks for itself. He will face Democrat Jessica Ehrlich in the Nov. 6 general election.