PolitiFact Florida: Examining Charlie Crist's evolution on offshore drilling
But it also means Democrats may have to outmaneuver Crist for some traditional Democratic voters.
Leading Democrat U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek started to lay that groundwork within hours of Crist's announcement on April 29, 2010. In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Meek said Crist's position against offshore oil drilling has vacillated over the years, while Meek's position has never changed.
"I've been consistent as relates to being against offshore drilling in Florida," Meek said. "I can't say that (for) every candidate in the race. It was (a) news flash as of two days ago that the governor switched his position once again on offshore oil drilling."
PolitiFact Florida examines Meek's claim.