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Charlie Crist
Charlie Crist

Born: July 24, 1956 (age 58) in Altoona

Charlie Crist


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Charles Joseph "Charlie" Crist, Jr. is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th Governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011.

Crist began his political career as a Republican, serving in the Florida Senate from 1993 to 1999, running unsuccessfully for the U.S.

Senate in 1998 and then serving as Florida Education Commissioner from 2001 to 2003 and Florida Attorney General from 2003 to 2007 before being elected Governor in 2006.

Crist declined to run for re-election as Governor in 2010, instead announcing on May 12, 2009, that he was running for the U.S.

Senate seat being vacated by then-fellow Republican Mel Martinez.

After initially leading in the race for the Republican nomination, he was overtaken in the polls by Marco Rubio and in April 2010, Crist left the Republican Party and became an Independent.

In the general election, he lost to Rubio in a three-way race, taking 30% of the vote to Rubio's 49% and Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek's 20%.

Crist's term as Governor ended in January 2011.

On December 7, 2012, he joined the Democratic Party, having endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012.

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Crist Visits South Florida Voters, Volunteers On Campaign Trail

Former Governor and Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Charlie Crist is making stops in South Florida on Friday.
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Crist, Scott Get Big Name Support This Weekend From Clinton, Cristie

Governor Rick Scott and and the man who wants to unseat him, Charlie Crist, both have some high profile political backing this weekend in Florida.
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News video: Poll shows Florida Governor's race a dead heat

Poll shows Florida Governor's race a dead heat

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Source: WTEV-Syndi - 2 days ago

News video: Crist-Scott Debate breakdown

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Romney Smith wraps up the last Crist-Scott debate.
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News video: Florida Governor's Race A Dead Heat, Poll Shows

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Poll results released on Wednesday show that Florida Governor Rick Scott and his challenger for re-election, former Governor Charlie Crist, are locked in a dead heat in their race to run the nation's..
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Editorial Board Member Matt Kaminski on why Florida’s Republican Governor is struggling to win re-election. Photo credit: Getty Images. Copyright 2014, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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Backroom Briefing: Democrats Needle Scott Over Execution Delay

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Libertarian Florida gubernatorial candidate nears double-digit percentage in polls

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