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Florida Legislature Clears Path for Ron DeSantis to Run for President Without Resigning


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Florida lawmakers on Friday carved out an exemption to the state’s “resign-to-run” law that would allow Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to run for president in 2024 without resigning from his post.

The exemption passed Florida’s Senate by a 28-12 vote earlier this week, and the state House approved it on Friday by a 76-34 margin.

Under Florida’s “resign-to-run” law, DeSantis would have been required to resign as governor before announcing a presidential run. Now, lawmakers exempt officeholders from the “resign-to-run” provision if they run for president or vice president.

This means that DeSantis, who was reelected to a four-year term in 2022, would not have to resign until his inauguration in 2025 if he makes a successful bid for the White House.

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