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Report: Crist Will Make Independent Senate Bid

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Crist is expected to announce his decision at 5 p.m. tomorrow in his hometown of St. Petersburg.

Crist's decision to bolt from the GOP seems to have been in the works for weeks now. Several prominent Republicans have backed Rubio -- including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Vice President Dick Cheney, and others who already endorsed Crist have hinted that they won't support him as an independent.

The state Republican party has been prepping for Crist's possible defection too, warning its high-ranking committee members in a letter that that if a Republican runs as an independent, the "party loyalty oath" requires that members must formally revoke their support of him.

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