Crist resigns from Congress in home stretch of bid to unseat Florida GOP Gov. DeSantis

Crist did not state the reason behind his resignation.

Updated: August 31, 2022 - 3:59pm

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Rep. Charlie Crist, Florida's Democratic nominee for governor, is resigning Wednesday from Congress – leaving the House seat vacant until after the November midterms.

Crist, a former Florida governor, is trying to unseat GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis and, as with most gubernatorial races, is in the final busy weeks of campaigning throughout the state.  

However, he did not give an explanation about why he resigned from his seat in the state's 13th Congressional District, along Florida's Gulf Coast, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Crist was elected to Congress in 2016. He served as Florida governor from 2007 to 2011. 

Republican Anna Paulina Luna will face off against Democrat Eric Lynn to fill Crist's seat.

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