Florida Democrats choose Rep. Crist to challenge DeSantis

Florida Democrats choose Rep. Crist to challenge DeSantis

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will get a shot at reclaiming his previous workplace after cruising to victory over state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried in Tuesday’s Democratic main.

Rep. Charlie Crist gained the workplace in 2006 underneath the GOP and served a single time period.AP/Chris O’Meara

Crist, who opted to forgo a fourth time period in Congress to run for his previous workplace, will face off towards Republican incumbent Ron DeSantis in November. 

The Related Press known as the race for Crist at round 8 p.m. with about 1.2 million votes counted. The 66-year-old had acquired 59.8% of the vote with nearly 85% of the anticipated ballots solid, comfortably outpacking Fried’s 35.3%

Crist will likely be thought-about a transparent underdog towards DeSantis, who will likely be searching for a second time period and is taken into account by many to be a contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Crist gained the Florida governorship in 2006 as a Republican and served a single time period from 2007 to 2011.

He declined to hunt re-election and as an alternative ran for Senate, dropping to Marco Rubio within the 2010 Republican main.

Crist formally joined the Democratic Celebration in 2012 and launched one other bid for governor in 2014, dropping to Repubican Rick Scott, earlier than successful a Home seat in 2016. 

The upcoming race will resolve the political way forward for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who grew to become well-known within the GOP.Justin Merriman for The New York Put up

Hoping to shed her underdog standing, Fried hammered away at each DeSantis and Crist throughout the marketing campaign and highlighted her dedication to abortion rights.

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