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David Santiago to drop CD 6 run, run for re-election to HD 27

The dominoes are falling now that Marco Rubio is running for re-election to the Senate.

Ron DeSantis has all but announced his intention to run for re-election in Florida’s 6th Congressional District.

And those who had hoped to make the jump to the U.S. House of Representatives, such as state Rep. David Santiago, are rethinking the move.

Informed sources say what Matt Dixon of Politico just tweeted this morning: Santiago is poised to run for re-election in House District 27, the seat he was first elected to in 2012.

Right now, one Republican has qualified for the race: William McBride.

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McBride will not be running after all, notes a statement from his camp:

“David Santiago is a great public servant who always has the interests of his constituents at heart. As I’ve knocked on over 5,000 doors this spring and summer, I’ve heard stories about how he has helped our community and been a great advocate for the people of South Volusia County. My campaign has always been about service and serving. I am fighting to ensure those who don’t have a voice, find one. With David coming back to serve, I think it is in the best interest of our community, our state and the conservative movement that I withdraw. I will transfer my campaign to 2018, and keep working hard toward helping my community.”

Another potential opponent, Zenaida Denizac, has yet to qualify, but has roughly $5,000 cash on hand.

As of his first-quarter filing, Santiago had $108,000 cash on hand.

 

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A.G. Gancarski has been a working journalist for over two decades, with bylines in national and local publications alike on subjects ranging from pop music to national and global politics. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014, and has held a column in Jacksonville, Florida's Folio Weekly for two decades. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." Gancarski is a frequent presence on Jacksonville television and radio, including fill-in slots on WJCT-FM's award-winning talk show "First Coast Connect." He can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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