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Crist denies he'll run as independent



Crist_110210a Marco Rubio is trouncing him in the polls, raising big money and turning into a Republican superstar.

What's Charlie Crist to do?

To hear the growing speculation in Tallahassee and inside the Washington Beltway, Gov. Crist's path to victory in the U.S. Senate race may be to forgo the Republican Party and run as an independent. Although Crist and virtually every one of his allies dismiss the notion, the chatter is rampant.

The Rubio campaign is fanning the rumors about Crist leaving the GOP, and almost everywhere he goes lately, reporters ask the governor about switching parties.

"It's not something I'm thinking about," Crist told the Times/Herald in Tallahassee last week. "I'm comfortable about the race. I know what the numbers are, but we've got six months to go, and the public really doesn't know the opponent." (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:24pm]


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