Gov. Charlie Crist (R-FL) has scheduled his big announcement of whether he will bolt the Republican Senate primary and instead run as an independent, for 5 p.m. tomorrow in his hometown of St. Petersburg.
“It’s home. It’s where my family is, so I think it’s appropriate,” said Crist, the Orlando Sentinel reports. So what do people in Florida think of Crist’s potential indy bid, reporters asked him? He responded: “I think the people are concerned about the future. I think they’re interested in having people who put them first instead of politics. I think that’s where they are.”
The TPM Poll Average for the Republican primary gives Marco Rubio a lead of 59.1%-27.9% over Crist, the opposite of where things were a year ago. Meanwhile, the poll average for a three-way general election only gives Rubio a narrow lead with 33.8% of the vote, followed by an independent Crist at 27.8%, and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek with 22.5%.