Former Congressman David Rivera, ousted from office by Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia two years ago, announced on his Facebook page that he was withdrawing from his attempt to return to Washington.

The district Rivera was running in was not one of the ones singled out by Lewis in Thursday's ruling.

"In essence, liberal activist judges are hijacking the reapportionment process and holding congressional candidates like myself hostage until the appeals process concludes at the liberal Democrat-dominated Florida Supreme Court," Rivera said, adding that he would make a bid to return to the state Legislature in 2016