Charlie Crist resigns from Congress in Florida

Democratic candidate for governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, resigns from Congress

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Ivan Rodriguez Gelfenstein — Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist of Florida resigned from Congress Wednesday as the three-term congressman heads to the finish line in his race against Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Crist's resignation, effective Wednesday night, comes eight days after Crist decisively won Florida's Democratic primary for governor.

While Crist previously announced that he will not seek another term in Congress, Florida's "Give Up Running" law requires candidates to resign "if the terms or any part of the terms overlap."

Crist did not mention his campaign in his resignation letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"During my time in Congress, I have strived to treat everyone with respect, even if we disagree, defending my constituents and being their voice in Washington," Crist wrote. "Dedication to service, listening before you speak, treating others as you would like to be treated – these are all things this country and this world needs most, now more than ever."

The seat left vacant by Crist became more favorable to The Republicans during the reorganization of the district in the state. In the Republican primary, Anna Paulina Luna, a Trump-backed Air Force veteran, won the Republican nomination and will face former President Barack Obama's adviser, Democrat Eric Lynn.

At a post-primary event, Crist called DeSantis "anti-freedom rum" and that those who support DeSantis "should stay with him."

"I don't want your vote. If you have that hatred in your heart, keep it there," Crist said. "I want the vote of Florida residents who care about our state: good Democrats, good independents, good Republicans. Join this card. Haters: it will go to your world."

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