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  Mel Martinez resigning
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Last Editedkarin1492  Aug 07, 2009 09:42am
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News DateFriday, August 7, 2009 03:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionSen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) will be stepping down from the Senate, according to several senior Republican sources familiar with his thinking.

He made the announcement at a morning staff meeting, where he said he will not be returning to the Senate after the August recess.

The decision adds a twist to the Florida Senate race. Gov. Charlie Crist (R-Fla.) is the frontrunner for the Republican nomination, and he would be tasked with appointing a candidate to fill the seat until Martinez's term expires in 2011.
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