For the second time this election year, Democratic primary voters have defeated a veteran black member of Congress who had been hit with corruption charges, as voters on Tuesday rejected the re-election bid of Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL), making her the fifth U.S.House incumbent to be defeated in 2016.
AP calls House District 5 for Democrat Al Lawson over indicted incumbent Corrine Brown
Brown was indicted in July on federal charges that she funneled money supposedly raised for an education fund to her own personal use; the 12 term lawmaker joins ex-Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) in being defeated this year under an ethical cloud.
Fattah resigned his seat in Congress after he was found guilty; that trial verdict came after voters had already delivered a primary defeat.
Brown is the fifth incumbent to lose in the Congress this year, as the House is guaranteed to have at least 49 new faces in January; that number is expected to go up even more in November.