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Rep. Bonner moves up resignation date

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Republican U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner has moved up his resignation from Congress by two weeks.      Bonner said Tuesday he will resign Aug. 2 instead of Aug. 15.     

Gov. Robert Bentley can't call a special election to fill the seat until Bonner leaves.

Bonner said moving up the date will allow the governor to schedule the special election so that a replacement can be elected and seated before the new session of Congress begins in January.     

Bonner is stepping down to work for the University of Alabama System.

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