Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Florida Governor Charlie Crist Will Run As An Independent

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.


Matt P. said...

Charlie Christ will soon lose the US Senate race as an Independent.

FLRN said...

Here at home I think you may be in for a surprise.
Floridians like Crist, he appeals to moderate and he is very careful.
We are looking for senate choices and Crist has been well recieved over the last four years.

It has been a brilliant political move to run as an independent and in this Purple state it may well work.

Matt P. said...

We'll see FLRN. You are certainly closer to the pulse there than I. However, I strongly feel that virtually any type of incumbent is going to have a difficult time. One who so nakedly switches is going to be in big trouble. How can anyone reasonably suggest that the there is a reason Crist is going independent OTHER than wanting to keep Crist in power?

People are generally angry at their reps. Reps trying to remain in power solely for self interest will have strong headwinds methinks.

Matt P. said...

And the slide begins....A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Florida finds Republican Marco Rubio with 39% support, while Crist earns 31% of the vote and Democrat Kendrick Meek trails at 18%. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided.

Matt P. said...


I haven't seen one of your Christ is leading in the polls posts lately. Wonder why?

Matt P. said...

Sorry forgot to include the polling average link. Too early still to say I told you so, but absent something huge...I told you so.

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