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Deal Pushes Back Resignation from U.S. House

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UPDATE MARCH 4TH

ATLANTA (AP) - Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nathan Deal is pushing back his resignation date from Congress citing the looming vote on health care.

Deal said in a statement on Thursday that he would step down from the U.S. House on March 31, instead of March 8, as originally planned. He says he changed his mind after President Barack Obama pledged to push for a quick vote on health care.

Critics had blasted Deal's decision to leave arguing it would make it easier for Democrats to push through a health care overhaul bill. Deal, of Gainesville, said he was stepping aside to focus full-time on his GOP gubernatorial bid.

He has represented the 9th District in north Georgia since 1992.

 

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March 1st

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Rep. Nathan Deal says he's resigning from Congress to concentrate on the Georgia governor's race.

Deal held a news conference on Monday to announce his resignation effective next Monday.

Deal, who represents the mountainous 9th District in north Georgia, served in the Georgia Legislature as a Democrat and was elected to Congress in 1992. The 67-year-old Deal switched to the Republican Party in 1995.

There are six other Republicans and five Democrats in the race to replace Gov. Sonny Perdue, who is barred from seeking a third term.

Deal entered the governor's race last spring and said at the time his biggest challenge would be to boost his name recognition outside his district.

 

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