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Charlie Crist

Charles Joseph Crist

    Charlie Crist is a Democratic former governor of Florida who works for Morgan & Morgan, a personal injury law firm. Crist was elected governor in 2006 as a Republican. He did not seek re-election, instead losing a U.S. Senate race to Republican Marco Rubio, during which time Crist left the GOP. In December 2012, he registered as a Democrat. He previously served as Florida education commissioner, attorney general and state senator.

    Crist was born in Altoona, Pa., on July 24, 1956. He graduated from St. Petersburg High School and attended Wake Forest, Florida State and Samford universities. Crist and his wife, Carole, live in St. Petersburg.


    1. By the numbers: Florida's pool of voters approaches 12 million


      Florida's ever-expanding pool of eligible voters for the election is now close to 12 million people: 11,931,533, to be exact. That's the number as of the Oct. 6 book closing.

    2. Election supervisors are reminded to 'expect the unexpected'


      Gov. Rick Scott's chief elections official gave a pep talk to county election supervisors Thursday in which he reminded them to "expect the unexpected" in the upcoming election. Secretary of State Ken Detzner and his staff even spoke the word no one wanted to hear, the dreaded R-word: Recount.

    3. PolitiFact Florida: Could Charlie Crist have expanded Medicaid in Florida?

      State Roundup

      To hear Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist tell it, the 2014 gubernatorial campaign isn't about policy positions, but more about which candidate did less as governor.

    4. Gov. Rick Scott says he'll spend his own money in Florida governor's race

      State Roundup

      Florida's high-dollar, mean-spirited race for governor remained exactly tied in a new poll Wednesday, with 1.2 million voters already casting ballots and Gov. Rick Scott finally admitting he'll spend some of his personal millions to win.

      Florida governor's race remains deadlocked with Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist each getting just 42 percent of the vote in the latest survey from Quinnipiac University. [Will Dickey/Pool via The New York Times]
    5. The final Scott-Crist debate: Four takeaways

      State Roundup

      The final televised debate between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist was certainly entertaining, much as boxing matches or arguments between two adolescents can sometimes be amusing to watch. If, however, viewers of the hourlong CNN debate Tuesday night hoped it would make them more enthusiastic about their choice or help …

      DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, right, talks to Ken Evans at a watch party in Plantation as they watch Tuesday night's debate between the two candidates running for governor.
    6. In final debate, Rick Scott and Charlie Crist clash bitterly (w/video)

      State Roundup

      JACKSONVILLE — In a fast-paced final debate Tuesday, Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist displayed their mutual contempt to a national TV audience in the home stretch of the costliest and meanest campaign in the country.

      Charlie Crist, left, and Gov. Rick Scott shake hands before the debate Tuesday in Jacksonville. It was downhill from there.
    7. CNN is 'network of no' in final debate for governor of Florida


      In CNN's amateurish early days as a 24-hour cable news outlet, critics called it the "Chicken Noodle Network." CNN has come a long way, but for tonight's final debate in the Florida governor's race, those three letters might as well stand for "Can't. No. Nope."

    8. On the issues, Rick Scott and Charlie Crist offer major differences

      State Roundup

      Florida's race for governor may be one of the nastiest on record as candidates shout out in more than $83 million in television ads, but beneath the rhetoric is a record of real differences between Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican, and his predecessor and challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Democrat.

      Beneath the rhetoric is a record of real differences between Gov. Rick Scott, the Republican, right, and his predecessor and challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist, the Democrat, left.
    9. Early voting opens in Pinellas as both parties ramp up get-out-the-vote efforts


      TALLAHASSEE — Early voting got under way in 30 counties across Florida on Monday, including Pinellas, Miami-Dade and Broward, as both parties ramped up their get-out-the-vote efforts in the final two weeks of the race for governor.

      Florida Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist examines a portable hand fan given to him before he voted early Monday in St. Petersburg. "It's nice to be cool." he said. [SCOTT KEELER   |   TIimes]
    10. The Money Race: Crist fundraising outpaces Scott 6-to-1


      Charlie Crist collected $6 for every $1 donated to Gov. Rick Scott during the most recent campaign finance reporting period covering Oct. 4 through Oct. 10.