Charlie Crist

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More than a decade after walking away from the governor’s office, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist launched a campaign Tuesday to try to unseat Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2022.

Congressman Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, is expected to announce Tuesday that he's seeking to recapture his former seat in the governor's mansion.

Crist, who was a Republican until 2012, has scheduled a news conference Tuesday morning in his hometown of St. Petersburg.

if Crist runs, some things will work in his favor -- and others won't, said Zac Anderson, political editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Gov. Ron DeSantis (left) is pictured in Jerusalem with Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried
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Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is calling on Gov. Ron DeSantis to drop his appeal of a recent court ruling regarding Amendment 4, which restores the voting rights of millions of ex-felons in Florida, and to reform the state’s controversial Clemency Board, the statewide body that decides whether felons can have their rights restored.


Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is staging another comeback, this time in a bid for a newly crafted congressional district in Pinellas County that appears tailor-made for the political phoenix.

The Republican-turned-independent-turned Democrat made the widely expected announcement Tuesday in his hometown of St. Petersburg, a year after narrowly losing to Gov. Rick Scott in an attempt to return to the governor's mansion.

"Public service is in my heart. I can't help it. I guess that's fairly obvious," he said.

In two words, He's baaaack. But then again, did Charlie Crist ever really leave us?

After all, he's the eternal candidate. Crist has run for everything from education commissioner to to attorney general to governor and Senator.

Charlie Crist has announced his intention to run for Florida’s 13th congressional House district in 2016.  That is, if a new map puts him within its borders.

Rick Scott for Florida

The results of election 2014 and Jacksonville's pension are making headlines this week.

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The 2014 governor's race and crime in Jacksonville are making headlines this week.

Polls show Governor Rick Scott and former Governor Charlie Crist are polarizing. Voters are as likely to dislike the candidates as they are to approve of them.

So both candidates are talking about schools, colleges and scholarships -- to motivate their supporters.

“Education is an issue that is helping to appeal to the base," says Sean Foreman, a Barry University political science professor and chairman of the education committee for the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

Clinton, Christie to Make FL Appearances Sunday

Oct 25, 2014

Former President Bill Clinton will swing through Florida on Sunday, campaigning for Democratic congressional candidate Gwen Graham in Tallahassee, gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist in Tampa and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy in Palm Beach Gardens.

Meanwhile, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is coming back to the state to appear on behalf of Gov. Rick Scott, this time making stops Sunday in South Florida.


The 2014 Florida governor's race and Jacksonville's pension are making headlines this week.

The Florida governor’s race could not be any closer between Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist. Today’s poll results from Quinnipiac University show the Republican and Democrat each with 42 percent support from likely voters.

Scott, Crist Turn Up Heat in Final Debate

Oct 22, 2014

In their final --- and most heated --- debate before the Nov. 4 election, incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist came out swinging Tuesday night, excoriating each other's records as the state's chief executive and each painting his rival as out of touch with everyday Floridians.

After tens of millions of dollars worth of television commercials and the slinging of massive amounts of mud, could the Florida gubernatorial election come down to an electric fan?

In the latest strange chapter in the always-fascinating politics of Florida, Gov. Rick Scott skipped the first few minutes of a televised debate Wednesday with his Democratic challenger, former Gov. Charlie Crist, because of the presence of an electric fan at Crist's feet.

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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan, KYN and the 2014 governor's race are making headlines this week.

A new University of North Florida statewide poll shows Charlie Crist has a five percentage point lead over Gov. Rick Scott in the gubernatorial race.

Less than two months before Election Day, Florida voters are split between their top two choices for governor, but they agree on one thing --- neither candidate turns them on.

That's according to a poll by Quinnipiac University released Wednesday. The survey found that Republican Gov. Rick Scott has a slight edge over Democrat Charlie Crist but, because that two-point lead falls within the margin of error, the contest is too close to call.

Chris Christie Says More Help is on the Way for Gov. Scott

Sep 15, 2014

The Republican Governors Association has chipped in $8.5 million this summer toward Gov. Rick Scott's re-election effort.

And as he campaigned with Scott on Friday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said the association, which he chairs, isn't done assisting the Sunshine State's governor.

The results of the August primary election and its historically low voter turnout are making news this week.

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Florida Democrats have until August 26 to decide who they will support in the state's governor's race: Charlie Crist or Nan Rich.

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Climate wars are fueling the Florida governor’s race.

The stat masters over at FiveThirtyEight have a breakdown of polling data that shows Gov. Rick Scott and Charlie Crist may be the two most unpopular gubernatorial candidates ever.

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A new poll is out looking at the Florida governor’s race and one candidate is doing better in the polls than you might expect.

This week, Democratic candidate Charlie Crist's campaign debuted his first television ad in the heated gubernatorial race.

In the ad, Crist says that during his last stint as governor, from 2007 to 2011, he saved the jobs of 20,000 teachers and cut property taxes for middle class seniors. He also promises, if elected, to raise the minimum wage, demand equal pay for women and to restore school funding.

The National Climate Assessment released by the White House last month noted that Florida is “exceptionally vulnerable to sea level rise” and other effects related to climate change.

Florida’s largest teachers’ union is backing Charlie Crist for governor.

Governor Rick Scott says he’s been boosting education funding for the past two years, including more pay for teachers. But the state’s largest teachers union, the Florida Education Association, isn’t impressed. The union has endorsed Scott’s probable gubernatorial rival—former Governor Charlie Crist. 

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Florida environmental advocates say the Jacksonville Port Authority and its consultant have refused to release key information about a study that is often used to bolster efforts to dredge the St. Johns River.

Blake Bortles, Charlie Crist, and Donald Trump are in the headlines today.

The heat is on in the race for Florida Governor, with both candidates making some high profile appearances in recent days.

Former GOP Florida Governor and current Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist said in an interview this week that race is motivating Republicans to work against President Barack Obama, and racism is a "big reason" why he switched parties.