Updated:ORLANDO, Fla. —
Eric Eisnaugle has won the Republican special primary to replace a Florida House Republican who left office to lead an expressway authority.
According to uncertified results, Eisnaugle took 85 percent of the vote, leaving his opponent, former Orange County School Board member Vicky Bell, with just 15 percent. Eisnaugle will go on to face Democrat Shaun Raja and write-in candidate Jeffrey Tepper in the April general election for the District 44 House seat. The district is located in Orange County.
Eisnaugle, a 37-year-old attorney, previously served in the House from 2008 to 2012.
The seat was occupied by Republicn Steve Precourt, who left to head the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority. Precourt turned down the offer after the authority's board proposed hiring him on a monthly basis following the disclosure that the agency was being investigated for possible open-meeting violations involving Precourt's hiring.