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Poll: What should Gov. Crist do?



[Gov. Crist greets students at St. Petersburg High. Scott Keeler | Times]

With Gov. Charlie Crist facing a brutal Republican U.S. Senate primary or a full-blown party mutiny if he runs as an independent, prominent supporters are urging him to consider a third option: quitting altogether.

The toughest assessment came from the arm of the national Republican Party that had clamored to endorse Crist and shove aside rival Republican Marco Rubio nearly one year ago, when their positions in the polls were reversed.

"We believe there is zero chance Gov. Crist continues running in the Republican primary," said Rob Jesmer, executive director of the National Republican Senate Committee, in a memo.

Crist, however, seems to be gaining support from readers. The story, by St. Petersburg Times politics editor Adam C. Smith, is our most discussed topic this morning. Share your views:

U.S. Senate race
What should Charlie do?
Drop out of the race.
Run as Independent.
Run as a Republican.

[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 4:04pm]


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