Md. Democratic congressional candidate withdraws after state party says she voted in two places — Maryland and Florida

Democrat Wendy Rosen dropped out of the race for a congressional seat Monday after the state party said she voted in both Maryland and Florida in the 2006 general election and the 2008 presidential primaries.

In a brief phone interview with The Associated Press, Rosen confirmed she was withdrawing from the race but otherwise declined to comment beyond a news release.

"Personal issues have made this the hardest decision that I have had to make," the release said.

Rosen told The Baltimore Sun on Monday that she had registered to vote in Florida several years ago in order to support a “very close friend” running for the St. Petersburg City Council and to vote on local issues there.

Rosen said she was able to register in Florida because she owned property in the state, the newspaper reported.

Both states held gubernatorial and congressional races in 2006, and presidential primaries in 2008.

Rosen, 57, was set to run in Maryland’s 1st Congressional District against first-term Republican Rep. Andy Harris.

In a letter to the state’s attorney general and the state prosecutor, the chair of the Maryland Democratic Party wrote that Rosen has been registered to vote in both Florida and Maryland since at least 2006. Yvette Lewis, the party chair, noted in the letter that Rosen voted in the 2006 general election in both Florida and Maryland. Lewis also wrote that Rosen voted in the 2008 presidential primaries in both Florida and Maryland.

"This information is based on examination of the voter files from both states," Lewis wrote to Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler and State Prosecutor Emmitt Davitt. "We believe that this is a clear violation of Maryland law and urge the appropriate office to conduct a full investigation."