Florida Governor Charlie Crist will soon announce that he will run as an Independent in the upcoming US Senate race. Although Crist was once a Republican superstar, he now trails conservative Marco Rubio by double-digits in most polls surveying Republican primary voters.
Florida does not have open primaries, and Tea Party voters have a stronger voice in the South than in other parts of the country. They also have a much stronger voice in Republican primaries than in general elections.
Polls show a much tighter race if Crist runs as an Independent. Crist will announce his decision tomorrow during a press conference according to several media sources.
For more analysis, see: Chris Cillizza's Weak Analysis of Charlie Crist's Possible Independent Senate Campaign.