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Carlos Lopez-Cantera won’t be next governor after all

Gov. Rick Scott will not resign from office before his term ends, a spokesman announced on Tuesday.

“When Governor Scott was elected Governor of Florida, he promised to fight for Florida families every single day of his term,” said John Tupps, Scott’s Communications Director. “Governor Scott will remain Governor until January 8th, 2019.”

The announcement extinguishes speculation that Lt. Gov. Carlos LopezCantera would briefly assume the governorship.

Many believed Scott, elected to the U.S. Senate in November, would resign as governor ahead of the Senate’s swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 3. If that were the case, Lopez-Cantera would be in line to take over until Scott’s term officially ended five days later on Jan. 8.

That scenario played out decades ago when Lt. Gov. Wayne Mixson took over for former Gov. Bob Graham, who was elected to the Senate in 1986, months before his official term ended.

But this time, that won’t be the case.

According to Tupps, “U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed” to swear-in Scott on the afternoon of Jan. 8.

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis will be sworn-in to office on the same day.

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Danny McAuliffe is a Tallahassee correspondent for Florida Politics. He is a graduate of Florida State University, where he served as the editor of the FSView & Florida Flambeau. He is a lifelong Floridian and indulges in swimming, hiking, running and memes when the news cycle permits. Reach him at dmcauliffe500@gmail.com.

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