Stearns rose to national prominence after spearheading a crusade to end funding to Planned Parenthood and to criminalize abortion. It’s not likely that Florida conservatives were bothered by Stearns politicking with women’s lives but rather saw Stearns as a Washington insider whose time had come. Yoho ran on a pledge to leave the House after eight years and ran a tv ad where actors dressed as politicians in suits and ate from a trough alongside pigs and threw mud at each other.
Stearns also faces rumors of an FBI investigation into allegations he bribed another candidate to get out the race, a fact Florida Republicans might have had a problem with.
Yoho is a large-animal veterinarian with no political experience and faced a 16 to 1 campaign cash disadvantage.
With the nomination in hand Yoho’s path the the House of Representatives seems all but certain. The third district of Florida is solidly Republican. But with Stearns out of office, will Yoho continue the same witch hunt of women’s health providers? Maybe. He’s identified as a Tea Party candidate, and despite all the posturing of fiscal responsibility and fighting socialism all the Tea Party has done is try and restrict women’s rights.
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