Posted by Brad @ 3:07 pm on April 28th 2010

Crist to Go Independent?

He has to make a decision tomorrow, and given that he’s holding a big event in St. Petersburg tomorrow to announce his intentions, I don’t know anybody that would put money on him staying Republican.

But, in case you were wondering, the local press are all reporting that Crist has contacted his donor base to let them know ahead of time that he is opting out of the Republican primary and will run for Senate with no party affiliation.

How does that shake the race? I side with Nate Silver on this one, in that I think Rubio will present a damn strong challenge even in the general election, particularly given that he can virtually guarantee locking up Republican support (as he pretty much has already) if Crist bolts and Crist, if anything, is more likely to split the vote with the Dem candidate, whose name, by the way, is Meek.

Still, it’ll be interesting to see if this trend continues, ala Joe Lieberman and nearly Arlen Specter, wherein the Senate starts finding itself with a bloc of congressmen who were unable to find a path to either party nomination but remained strong in the general.


  1. Also, contributors to his 2010 Republican nomination campaign chest: No. My money. Not yours.

    Comment by Brad — 5/12/2010 @ 3:48 pm

  2. It’s fairly common, I’d heard; they get some back, they can whine all they want about the rest. The pretend outrage is pretend.

    Comment by Adam — 5/12/2010 @ 8:26 pm

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