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

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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 HD 27, to a seat he was first elected to in 2012.

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

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 Q1 filing, Santiago had $108,000 cash on hand.

A.G. Gancarski has written a weekly column for Jacksonville’s Folio Weekly since 2003. His writings on politics, culture, and sport have appeared in the Washington Times, the Daily Caller, and the American Conservative. His radio and TV appearances include frequent contributions to WJCT-FM (Jacksonville’s Public Radio station); additionally, he has been a guest on Huff Post Live and the Savage Nation radio show. Gancarski can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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