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Florida candidate accused of faking diploma drops out

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Posted at 1:45 PM, Aug 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 09:51:08-04

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - A Republican candidate for the Florida Legislature who falsely claimed she had a college degree and posted a purported copy of her diploma online is dropping out of her race.

Melissa Howard on Tuesday told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that the right thing to do was drop out of the race for a Florida House seat.

Howard last week posted a photo of herself with what looked like a Miami University diploma after being accused of lying about her degree. The Ohio university later sent reporters a statement saying she attended the school, but never graduated and the diploma Howard posted has inaccuracies.

Howard later posted an apology on her campaign Facebook page and admitted she didn't graduate from the school.

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Information from: Sarasota (Fla.) Herald-Tribune, http://www.heraldtribune.com

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(CNN) - A state House candidate in Florida is facing questions about her college degree.

Republican Melissa Howard claims to have a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Miami University in Ohio.

But FLA News reported last week that she never got a degree there.

In response, Howard posted a picture of herself with a diploma on Facebook.

However, the university said the diploma in the picture doesn't seem to be accurate.

The school said Howard went there in the early '90s but never graduated, and the Bachelor of Science in Marketing degree doesn't even exist there.

Howard has not responded.

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