Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell has a clearer path to challenge Sen. Rick Scott after Phil Ehr exits the race to run for U.S. House instead

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Democrat Phil Ehr on Wednesday said he is leaving the 2024 race for a U.S. Senate seat and will run against U.S. Rep. Carlos Gimenez, R-FL.

Ehr’s exit from the Senate race short-circuits a potential Democratic primary fight against former U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who hopes to unseat U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-FL.

The Associated Press reports that this gives Mucarsel-Powell a clearer path to win the nomination to challenge Scott in 2024 because Ehr was her most high-profile opponent to date.

In a prepared statement, Ehr criticized Gimenez, a former Miami-Dade County mayor who was first elected to Congress in 2020.

“I am running to represent the people of south Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys with integrity,” Ehr, a former Navy commander, said in the statement. “The incumbent joined MAGA extremists in creating dysfunction and chaos in Congress. Floridians want their individual freedoms protected and a democracy and economy that work for them. I will fight for this every day in Congress.”

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