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Baez thinking of dropping out of race to replace Artiles


State Rep. Daisy Baez could end her candidacy Friday for a special Florida Senate election, following a Miami Herald report that she might be in violation of the state Constitution by not living in her House district.

Baez’s campaign manager, Dan Newman, said the freshman Democrat had not yet made a decision as of early Friday.

“She’s at a breakfast right now,” he told the Miami Herald. “We’re going to talk and make a final decision later today. It’s certainly a conversation that we’re having.”

Politico Florida reported earlier Friday that Baez could bow out of Senate District 40 race as a result of the Herald’s Tuesday report noting that Baez still lives in a Coral Gables house outside her House District 114. Lawmakers are supposed to live in the districts they represent on the day they’re elected — in Baez’s case, Nov. 8 of last year.

Baez had been the Florida Democratic Party’s apparent favorite to replace Sen. Frank Artiles, a Republican who resigned last month after making offensive remarks to two other senators in Tallahassee. She was the first Democrat to announce her candidacy, and quickly drew the big-name endorsements of two gubernatorial candidates, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham, in what was widely seen as an attempt to clear the primary election field.

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