Florida Democrats vote Charlie Crist to take on Gov. DeSantis in November

Florida Democrats vote Charlie Crist to take on Gov. DeSantis in November

Published August 25, 2022
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In Florida, the stage is now set for one of the biggest gubernatorial contests in this year’s elections. Democrats have chosen Charlie Crist to oppose incumbent Republican Governor Ron DeSantis. Crist previously served as Florida’s governor more than a decade ago as a Republican but later switched parties. NPR’s Greg Allen reports Democrats are hoping Crist’s moderate tone and familiarity to voters will help them unseat one of the nation’s most outspoken conservative governors.

GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: During the primary, Charlie Crist’s opponent tried to raise questions with voters about his Republican past. It didn’t work. Crist coasted to a big win by almost 25 points. Last night, he told Floridians the stakes in this election couldn’t be higher.

ALLEN: Crist has held a variety of elected positions in the state over three decades. He was elected governor as a Republican in 2006 but left office after one term to run for the U.S. Senate. He lost the nomination to Marco Rubio. He later changed parties and was elected to Congress as a Democrat. He’s likable, well-known throughout the state – a consummate retail politician. Democrats hope he’ll make a welcome contrast to the pugnacious governor, Ron DeSantis.

DeSantis, who appears to be laying the groundwork for an eventual presidential bid, has built a national profile. He’s a regular on Fox News, attacking the media, the Biden administration, corporations and anyone that doesn’t share his conservative values. Last week, he was in Pennsylvania, campaigning with the Republican gubernatorial nominee there, controversial election-denier Doug Mastriano.