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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. Adam C. Smith column: The contemptuous Florida governor's race

      State Roundup

      SARASOTA — Rick Scott, in some respects, makes it easy on journalists. If a reporter misses something he says in an interview, maybe even spaces out for a moment, it doesn't really matter, because Scott is certain to say the same thing again. And again. And again.

    2. Mapping the path for Charlie Crist to be elected Florida governor again

      State Roundup

      Charlie Crist's political fortunes have been hitched to President Barack Obama, for better or worse, since their man hug five years ago helped sink him in the Republican Party.

      Charlie Crist, former Republican governor turned Democrat, greets supporters at a campaign stop on Aug. 24 in North Miami. Crist spent last weekend campaigning in the Democratic base of South Florida, which will be key to his winning the race.
    3. Florida Democrats rally in Orlando

      State Roundup

      ORLANDO — Florida Democrats promised Thursday to win the races for governor and attorney general through grass roots efforts, even if they are at a fundraising disadvantage.

    4. Charlie Crist's big win clouded by low turnout questions

      State Roundup

      TALLAHASSEE — As Charlie Crist celebrates winning the Democratic nomination for Florida governor, red flags are flying that raise questions about whether he can defeat Republican Gov. Rick Scott in November.

      Charlie Crist celebrates his Democratic primary victory in the Florida governor’s race Tuesday. The Democrats’ effort to build momentum for November now begins.
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    6. '... as nasty as anything Florida has ever seen'


      "I can't remember a governor's race that was so focused on the negatives of your opponent, rather than what you thought you could bring to the people if you were elected governor," said Bob Graham, a Democrat who served two terms as Florida governor and three as a U.S. senator. "All of American politics, unfortunately, …

    7. Broward's turnout second worst in state in Tuesday's primary


      If South Florida voters are fired up about the 2014 election, they sure didn't show it Tuesday, reaffirming a fundamental fact about Florida politics: The voters Democrats need the most are the hardest voters to get to the polls.

    8. '... voters deserve a better discussion about the serious challenges facing Florida'


      Five questions:

      1. Who will stick up for the value of a liberal arts education and an engaged citizenry?

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    10. Adam C. Smith column: 5 things to watch in Charlie Crist vs. Rick Scott

      State Roundup

      Charlie Crist, the former self-described Ronald Reagan Republican, officially became the Democratic nominee for Florida governor Tuesday, easily beating back a bare-bones primary challenge from former state Sen. Nan Rich of Broward County.