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Rep. DeSantis on Trump’s impact on the midterm elections
Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis and his running mate, state representative Jeannette Nunes on whether the ‘Trump bump’ influence on the November elections.
Florida Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis said on Monday that he would resign from Congress to concentrate on his candidacy for Governor.
DeSantis, who was supported by President Trump, with Bernie Sanders-backed Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum, what is shaping up to be a tight, nationally watched contest.
DeSantis, in a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Monday announced his immediate resignation.
“As the Republican candidate for Governor of Florida, it is clear to me that I probably miss the vast majority of the remaining session days for this Congress. Under these circumstances, it would be inappropriate for me to accept that a salary,” said DeSantis.
DeSantis had already decided not to re-stand for election to Florida’s 6th congressional district seat. The Republicans, Michael Walzer, the Democrat Nancy Soderberg for DeSantis’ congressional seat in November, is facing.
Prior to DeSantis’ resignation, the Republicans 237 seats in Congress, while the Democrats 193.
The current Governor of Florida, Republican Gov. Rick Scott, is leaving office due to time limits and is running for the U.S. Senate.
DeSantis defeated agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam in Florida’s Republican gubernatorial primary on Aug. 28 after riding the wave of the President’s enthusiastic endorsement from victory to victory. The President had repeatedly asked the voters to support DeSantis on Putnam.
“A fantastic victory for Ron DeSantis, and the people in the Great U.S. state of Florida,” Trump tweeted in the past month. “Ron is a fantastic Governor. On November!”
In the meantime, Gillum pulled a big surprise in the victory over half a dozen competitors, including former Rep. Graham Gwen, in the state of the Democratic primaries. If he triumphs, Gillum, would be the state’s first black Governor.
Fox News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.