I woke up this morning and a random thought hit me: What the hell is going on lately with Charlie Crist in Florida?
You know he’s been being trounced by actual conservative Marco Rubio in the Republican primary race. Thoughts and suspicions and even an errant poll were flying around about a possible independent run by Crist if he didn’t gain the nomination. But time has been a factor: The deadline to apply to run would have been this Saturday.
Crist, with only a few days to spare today declared himself an independent candidate for the Senate seat.
Doesn’t look good for him anyway, as the latest poll throws cold water on the second-most-recent one that had him running barely ahead of Rubio in a three-way race. The most recent numbers show him coming in second currently, with Rubio at 37%, Crist at 30%, and Hopeless Democrat (and aply named) Kendrick Meek at 22%.
Seems to me Crist’s bolting of the GOP (not to mention his recent sop to the teachers’ unions) will likely curry favor with the Left in Florida. IF that’s the case, it seems more likely he’ll split not the conservative vote, but the Democrat votes.
Keep in mind, of course, that these were his words:
Question: Are you ruling out that you will file as an Independent by the April 30th dealine?
Crist: That’s right.
Question: Will you support the winner of the GOP primary, whether it’s you or Marco Rubio?
Crist: Of course I will. Of course I will.
Question: You will not run on the NO Party Affiliation line?
Crist: That’s right. That’s right. That’s what I’m saying.
Do you suppose such integrity will curry much favor with Florida voters? We’ll have to wait to see, but it’s sure heating up down in the Sunshine State. I do believe a new poll is due out from Rasmussen tomorrow, but it likely won’t be reflective of the new landscape in this race. Stay tuned!
-Nick (ColoradoPatriot, from HQ)