'It's only goodbye for now, I'll be back': George Santos drops congressional bid

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Former Republican Rep. George Santos, who was expelled from Congress last year while representing New York's 3rd Congressional District, has announced that he is dropping his bid to represent New York's 1st Congressional District.

"I have decided to withdraw from my independent run for #NY1," Santos tweeted on Tuesday. "I don't want my run to be portrayed as reprisal against Nick Lalota… Although Nick and I don’t have the same voting record and I remain critical of his abysmal record, I don’t want to split the ticket and be responsible for handing the house to Dems," he continued.

"I have meet with leaders and with constituents and I have made the decision to hang it up here and stop perusing this race, THIS YEAR!" he wrote. "The future holds countless possibilities and I am ready willing and able to step up to the plate and go fight for my country at anytime," he noted. "It’s only goodbye for now, I'll be back."

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Last month, Santos announced that he would challenge GOP Rep. Nick LaLota, the congressman who represents New York's 1st Congressional District.

"I want to announce that I will be returning to the arena of politics and challenging Nick for the battle over #NY1. I look forward to debating him on the issues and on his weak record as a Republican. The fight for our majority is imperative for the survival of the country," Santos tweeted in March.

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Then, later in March, he announced that he would run for office as an independent.

"I in good conscience cannot affiliate myself with a party that stands for nothing and falls for everything. I am officially suspending my petitioning in #NY01 to access the ballot as a Republican and will be filling to run as an independent," Santos had tweeted.

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Miami Mayor Francis Suarez drops out of the GOP presidential primary

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Miami, Florida, Mayor Francis Suarez has dropped out of the GOP presidential primary less than three months after announcing his White House bid.

"While I have decided to suspend my campaign for President, my commitment to making this a better nation for every American remains," Suarez noted on social media. "I look forward to keeping in touch with the other Republican presidential candidates and doing what I can to make sure our party puts forward a strong nominee who can inspire and unify the country, renew Americans’ trust in our institutions and in each other, and win."

"Running for President of the United States has been one of the greatest honors of my life," he noted. "Throughout this process, I have met so many freedom-loving Americans who care deeply about our nation, her people, and its future. It was a privilege to come so close to appearing on stage with the other candidates at last week’s first debate."

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Former President Donald Trump holds a decisive lead in the GOP presidential primary contest.

Suarez has served as mayor of Miami since mid-November 2017.

According to the Miami Herald, Suarez voted for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum in the Sunshine State's 2018 governor's race. Republican candidate Ron DeSantis ultimately won that contest, and he later won re-election in 2022. Gov. DeSantis is one of the Republican candidates seeking the GOP's 2024 presidential nomination.

Suarez has also a promoted climate alarmism ideology.

"Climate change is not a distant threat for Miami; it's a daily presence in people's lives. The city has been fighting to stay above water for decades. It knows that its future as a vibrant international hub for business, tourism, arts and culture depends on making the city more resilient to the impact of global warming," Suarez and former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wrote in a 2019 opinion piece.

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