Tim Canova, a liberal Nova Southeastern University law professor who raised millions in an unsuccessful Democratic primary bid against Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in 2016, announced Monday that he will drop out of the Democratic primary for Wasserman Schultz's Broward-based district and instead run as an independent.
"Even as independents, we are the real Democrats in this race," Canova said at a press conference outside Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes' office. "Even as we run as independents, I will run as a better Democrat. I did not leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left us."
Canova, whose 2016 bid received national attention after Sen. Bernie Sanders backed him over Wasserman Schultz, eventually lost the Democratic primary by 14 percentage points. Canova's decision to run as an independent gives Wasserman Schultz a clear path to the Democratic nomination in 2018.
Republicans Joe Kaufman and Carlos Reyes have also filed to run in Florida's 23rd Congressional District, which encompasses portions of Broward County and northeastern Miami-Dade County.