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Florida’s Crist To Announce Run For Governor

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File photo of former Gov. Charlie Crist. (Credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

File photo of former Gov. Charlie Crist. (Credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Florida’s Charlie Crist is making it official.

The former Republican governor will formally kick off his second gubernatorial campaign as a Democrat at a rally Monday in Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg.

Crist filed paperwork to get in the race Friday. He’s now the Democratic front-runner in the contest to challenge Gov. Rick Scott, one of the most unpopular chief executives in the country.

Democratic leaders see Crist as a charismatic candidate who can appeal to independent voters and lead them back to power.

But Republican officials paint Crist as a political opportunist with no principles. Scott is expected to spend as much as $25 million in attack ads to amplify that message in what will be one of the most watched races in the country.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

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