Republican Christopher Anderson has withdrawn his candidacy for Florida House District 28.

Anderson’s withdrawal, recorded Wednesday by the Florida Secretary of State, clears the Republican field for front-runner David Smith of Winter Springs for a showdown with Democrat Lee Mangold for a seat being vacated by Republican state Rep. Jason Brodeur.

The district covers northeast Seminole County.

Anderson, a Seminole County deputy sheriff, entered the race in June and came in with almost $10,000 raised that first month, but has raised no money since then.

Smith, a business consultant, by contrast, has raised more than $130,000, including $70,000 he donated to his own campaign.

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