Ben Diamond bows out of CD 13 fight

Ben Diamond bows out of CD 13 fight

State Rep. Ben Diamond suspended his campaign for Congress on Thursday.

The move comes after a congressional map crafted by Gov. Ron DeSantis drew the St. Petersburg Democrat out of Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

“Unfortunately, the Governor and the Legislature did not create fair districts for Florida and did not follow our constitution,” Diamond told Florida Politics.

Instead of seeking office this year, the St. Petersburg lawmaker intends to devote himself as an attorney to parties offering a legal challenge against the map.

That brings an abrupt close to an eventful election cycle for Diamond. He announced last May that he would run to succeed U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, a Democrat...

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