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Bill allows DeSantis to run for president while governor

Gov. Ron DeSantis
Posted at 5:20 PM, Apr 28, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-28 17:20:55-04

FLORIDA — Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis would not have to resign as Florida governor in order to run for president if he chooses under a bill given final approval in by the GOP-dominated state Legislature.

The measure, attached to a much broader elections bill that passed Friday, would carve out an exemption to Florida law requiring anyone seeking office to resign from one they already hold after qualifying as a candidate.

Only an officeholder running for U.S. president or vice president would not have to resign.

Supporters portrayed the decision as purely a clarification and not intended specifically for DeSantis, who has not announced a presidential bid but is widely expected to declare his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the coming weeks.