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Fox: Crist Will Run as Independent

1:01 PM, Apr 28, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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One year to the day after Arlen Specter became a Democrat, Fox News reports:

Fox News has learned that Charlie Crist has decided and plans to announce that he is running as an Independent for the U.S. Senate.  The official announcement is scheduled at 5pm in St. Petersburg, Florida tomorrow.

Crist has said that under no circumstance would he drop out of the race, saying he will do what is best for the voters of Florida.  Crist says Republicans in Washington want him to stay in the Republican party but voters in Florida have told him they want him to run as an Independent.

Allahpundit thinks Crist's next logical step is to attack Meek:

Remember Nate Silver’s point, too, about strategic voting in a close three-way race: So long as both Rubio and Kendrick Meek are in the thick of it on Election Day, centrists on both sides of the aisle will feel enormous pressure to defect from Crist and vote as partisans to stop the opposing party’s “extremist” candidate. Which is why, I suspect, Crist’s initial attacks will focus on Meek. Rubio’s going to get ~35 percent no matter what, so the quicker Crist can marginalize the Democrat and convince the lefty base that Meek is hopeless, the likelier he is to capitalize on strategic voting himself.

The Rubio campaign has been running a fundraising drive centered on Crist's switch. I eagerly await the release of the YouTube video showing all of Crist's proclamations swearing that he'd run on the Republican ticket.

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