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Charlie Crist is leaving his U.S. House seat to focus on the Florida governor's race

Charlie Crist addresses the crowd in St. Petersburg after winning the Democratic nomination for governor in the primary election on Aug. 23, 2022.
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Charlie Crist addresses the crowd in St. Petersburg after winning the Democratic nomination for governor in the primary election on Aug. 23, 2022.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist is stepping down early from Congress.

Crist is resigning his seat in Congress effective at the end of the day Wednesday to focus on his campaign against Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Crist has held the 13th District seat — which covers Clearwater to southern Pinellas County — since 2016, winning three elections during that time.

He secured the Democratic nomination for governor last week and has named United Teachers of Dade President Karla Hernandez-Mats as his pick for lieutenant governor.

Republican Anna Paulina Luna will face Democrat Eric Lynn for the seat in November. Lynn worked in President Barack Obama's administration.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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