Florida Governor Leaving GOP Party To Make Independent Senate Bid

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says he is abandoning the Republican Senate primary to run as an independent.

Crist's decision Thursday to drop out of the Aug. 24 primary comes amid plummeting support from conservatives and polls showing he would lose to tea party favorite Marco Rubio.

He says people want someone who is more concerned about standing up for them than about standing up for special interests or party.

The move sets up a probable three-way race between Crist, Rubio and Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek in November's general election.

Crist was leading in the polls a year ago until he angered conservatives by embracing President Barack Obama and his $787 billion federal stimulus plan.


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  • by Anonymous on May 1, 2010 at 05:37 AM
    Bush wanted to grant them amnesty before he left office as Ronald Reagan did.OSOC..go to your sandhole and play in the kittle box
  • by Annonymous Military Dude on Apr 30, 2010 at 09:51 PM
    The funny thing is all you Democrats will be crying come November and the Republicans and Conservatives take back this country. I will bring my accronym back into play to describe all you Democrats, AINO (American In Name Only) Seems to me like none of you really care about what happens here in America as long as you have Obama. I bet you think the immigration law in AZ is a bad thing right? Read the headlines, PHOENIX-- A sheriff's deputy was shot and wounded Friday after encountering a group of suspected illegal immigrants who apparently had been hauling bales of marijuana along a major smuggling corridor in the Arizona desert -- a violent episode that comes amid a heated national debate over immigration. If it calls for a little profiling then so be it. I just wish this administration would stand behind Arizona, or is he afraid of lossing some votes? What has he done for border security? Lets put in a minefield and post some troops along the border.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 30, 2010 at 06:46 AM
    For the idiots that do not watch Fox news, sorry for ya, they have aired this story daily. They don't counter what the others news present, they just present it all and not filter the stories. NS, left of center? You mean progressive socialist left. The left doesn't want you from watching Fox news for a reason, they don't want you thinking on your own and learning the truth...you are supposed to be good little Soros sheep....now, go get your koolaid and behave.
  • by ryan Location: Jacksonville on Apr 30, 2010 at 03:10 AM
    Fox News DID report on it. This story has been in the works since last week!!
  • by Steve Location: Ayden on Apr 29, 2010 at 07:54 PM
    This has been one of the top stories on the Fox News website as well as their TV network. But this has nothing to do with the Republican party and everything to do with a guy who was not able to compete, has a huge ego, and is more interested in self preservation than he is serving the people of his state. What has been made very clear is that the people do not want these "Republicans" who are nothing more than mild democrats. Republicans acted like dems in 2006 and 2008 and they lost. You had Republicans stand up for Conservative fiscal issues in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia and they won BIG TIME. The same thing was about to happen in Florida with a strong Conservative in Rubio and Crist who has no interest in anyone other than himself.
  • by NS Location: Greenville on Apr 29, 2010 at 07:46 PM
    Barlow, I am a Dem.-a little left of center-but at least Crist is a logical, moderate conservative. I can live with that. It's a shame there aren't more. I use to respect McCain, but not any more. I think the Rep. lost a good man-shame they don't see it.
  • by Rich Location: Greenville on Apr 29, 2010 at 07:39 PM
    They have to counter act every other televison channel on TV, anonymous.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2010 at 07:07 PM
    Why hasn't Faux News reported on this story? Could it be that if it's about the GOP in a negative way, they refuse to report on it? They only report Positive GOP stories & Negative DEM stories. Yep yep! That's their version of "fair & balanced"
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Apr 29, 2010 at 06:46 PM
    Cant say I blame him, I mean who in Gods name would want to be associated with the Republican party. Calling yourself a Republican is a flat out death sentence for a Political career. Smart move..
  • by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2010 at 05:12 PM
    GOOD! I DO NOT TRUST THIS IDIOT! HARD TO MAKE REPUBLICANS BELIEVE YOU OR ANYONE ELSE WHEN YOUR IN A BIG OL MAN HUG WITH OBAMANATION. NO PARTY SHOULD TRUST THIS WISHY WASHY IDIOT. HE WILL CLAIM ANY PARTY IF HE THINKS IT WILL GET HIM ELECTED. NOT SOMEONE ANY PARTY WANTS TO REPRESENT. EVEN THE DEMS.
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