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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. Perspective: States, big money gives GOP big edge


      The single biggest benefactor of Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign also was crucial in clinching races from Maine to Michigan, bringing the number of Republicans in governor's mansions to a nearly two-decade peak.

    2. Marc Caputo's 10 takeaways from Florida's 2014 elections


      Here's all of 'em. I'd say this one in particular:

    3. How Rick Scott won re-election as Florida governor

      State Roundup

      By the time the Halloween memo from their pollsters arrived Friday, Charlie Crist's campaign team had already lost a good deal of confidence from a week earlier. Gov. Rick Scott was spending the equivalent of $1,200 a minute every day, every hour on TV ads, and it was moving numbers.

      Rick Scott won the governor's race four years ago by about 1 percentage point - 61,000 votes - and he won reelection Tuesday by about 1 percentage point - about 70,000 votes. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
    4. After close loss, Charlie Crist reflects on what might have been

      State Roundup

      ST. PETERSBURG — Charlie Crist is disappointed but not angry.

      In the wake of his loss, Charlie Crist refused to second-guess his strategic decisions. His only spoken regret: "I wish I had a bigger bank account." [CHERIE DIEZ | Times]
    5. With Scott victory, Florida Medicaid expansion hopes dim


      Tuesday's re-election of Republican governors in closely contested races in Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin, Maine and Kansas dims the chances of Medicaid expansion in those states.

    6. On the morning after, Bob Buckhorn riffs on the idea of running for governor in 2018


      Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn wasted no time Wednesday before mentioning and flirting with the idea of running for governor in 2018.

      “Where’s the fan?”

      Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn speaks at a news conference on a park project in Tampa this summer.
    7. Still your governor


      Five things I underlined in the main article on today's front:

      Last night at a fancy Hyatt in Bonita Springs.
    8. Florida Gov. Rick Scott defeats Charlie Crist for re-election

      State Roundup


      Gov. Rick Scott, who came out of nowhere to win the governor's race four years ago with $75 million of his own money and a potent "Let's Get to Work" campaign mantra, on Tuesday became the second Republican since Reconstruction to win two terms as Florida governor.

      Speaking to supporters, Charlie Crist concedes defeat as his wife, Carole, listens late Tuesday at the Renaissance Vinoy.
    9. Have you voted yet?


      Numbed by all the attack ads, disheartened by lackluster choices, lots of people are in a mood not to vote. Bad idea, Carl Hiaasen wrote the other day in the Miami Herald.

      Go vote.

      This morning in St. Pete.
    10. Amidst an agonizing wait, time for second-guessing to begin


      On Election Day, hours pass like decades for candidates and campaign operatives. They can't resist obsessing about what they might have done differently, or better. With a close result expected between Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, the losing side is likely to form a circular firing squad, and what follows is an …