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Florida GOP Rep Resigns to Focus on Governor's Race

Ron DeSantis stepping down from Congress effective immediately
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 10, 2018 2:20 PM CDT
Republican candidate for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks to supporters as his lieutenant governor candidate state Rep. Jeanette Nunez, left, listens during a rally Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in Orlando,...   (AP Photo/John Raoux)

(Newser) – US Rep. Ron DeSantis is resigning from Congress as he mounts his bid to become Florida's next governor, the AP reports. DeSantis sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday announcing his immediate resignation. The northeast Florida Republican said in his letter that he will be spending time campaigning and it would be "inappropriate" to accept a salary while he is running for governor. DeSantis is locked in a tight battle against Democratic nominee and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. Republican Gov. Rick Scott is leaving office due to term limits and is running for the US Senate.

Gillum, the state's first black nominee for governor, upset several other Democratic nominees in the Aug. 28 primary and has garnered national attention since then. In the immediate aftermath, he has raised more money than DeSantis. (He has also been the target of racist robocalls, while DeSantis has been accused of racism by some.)

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