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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. 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."

    2. 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.

    3. 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]
    4. 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.

    5. PolitiFact Florida: Previewing 3rd debate between Rick Scott, Charlie Crist

      State Roundup

      CNN is hosting the third and final debate of the governor's race tonight and the network has been clear: No fans.

      Democrat Charlie Crist, left, and Republican incumbent Rick Scott have started to repeat themselves on many issues.
    6. Your choice on Nov. 4


      Charlie Crist on Rick Scott: "I'm, like, the opposite of this guy."

    7. Common Core opponents to urge support for Rick Scott


      Anti-Common Core activists haven't been pleased with Gov. Rick Scott's half-measures on the issue but are throwing their support behind him against Charlie Crist.

    8. Michelle Obama rallies for Charlie Crist in Orlando, but no sign of president

      State Roundup

      ORLANDO — President Barack Obama is increasingly unpopular among Floridians, but that did not stop Charlie Crist from happily campaigning alongside first lady Michelle Obama on Friday to boost his bid to unseat Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

      “Charlie gets it,” Michelle Obama said Friday at a gathering 
for gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist in Orlando.
    9. Ads infinitum: Florida voters can't wait for it to stop

      State Roundup

      For the past year, living in Florida has meant having Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist as constant and mostly unwanted companions.

      If you own a TV, you get the picture.