For four years, Florida Democrats giggled with glee at every Rick Scott failure. They practically drooled with expectation as Scott's approval ratings sunk further than a boat in the Bermuda Triangle. They thought there was no way they could lose to this guy again, but last night they did, and Charl ... More >>
Charlie Crist may have publicly hugged Barack Obama back when he was a Republican, but the president has been nowhere to be seen during Crist's election bid as a Democrat. Many speculate that's because Crist didn't want to be tied to Washington politics and Obama's somewhat falling popularity. Well ... More >>
With some races expected to be agonizingly tight, tonight's election results may get sweaty. So please feel free to keep an electronic fan pointed at you at all times. Its not against the rules. As always, we'll fill in the results of the most notable elections up top as they get called. Then we'l ... More >>
Just in case you weren't convinced by the past six months of polls showing the Charlie Crist/Rick Scott race is barreling toward a razor-thin, Bush-vs.-Gore-esque, last-minute photo finish tomorrow, a new set of polls is out this morning to confirm that, yup, this thing is way too close to call. Th ... More >>
So many recent polls have shown Charlie Crist and Gov. Rick Scott in a dead heat that state election officials actually went on record this week worrying about what might happen if a recount was needed to break a statistical tie. This race is damned close. But a new poll out this morning from Quin ... More >>
Could an electronic fan make the difference in the incredibly tight Governor's race. A new poll seems to think so. Gravis Marketing reports that Charlie Crist is up 44 percent to Rick Scott's 42 percent. The poll also specifically asked previously undecided voters who watched the debate whether #Fan ... More >>
After the bizarre #Fangate moment during last week's gubernatorial debate between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, don't expect any similar shenanigans tonight. CNN is hosting the event, and they run a tight ship. The 24-hour news channel has explicitly banned fans from the podium. Oddly, they've als ... More >>
For all the Colbert and Daily Show hilarity and the week's worth of Twitter hot takes, did Fangate actually matter in the race to decide who will be Florida's next governor? Not according to a new poll out this morning. The Republican-leaning 0ptimus firm finds the two candidates virtually tied -- ... More >>
Politicians and fans have one thing in common. They both spin furiously. So it's no surprise that both Rick Scott and Charlie Crist are trying to spin last night's bizarre brouhaha over a fan. Mind you, there are actually important issues to talk about, but let's talk about #FanGate. See also: Ri ... More >>
Long before they could tackle issues like Florida's economy, education funding or crime rates during tonight's televised debate, Gov. Rick Scott took a proud stand on a far more important issue: Charlie Crist's fan. Crist, for the uninitiated, has always insisted on having a fan blowing his direct ... More >>
There's been some low-key agonizing in Democratic circles over whether a visit from President Barack Obama to campaign for Charlie Crist would be a help or a hindrance. On one hand, Crist's Democrat bonafides are still questioned by some tried-and-true Democratic voters who still remain loyal to Oba ... More >>
With less than a month left before the election, most recent polls have shown Charlie Crist and Rick Scott switching slight leads well within the margin of error. The Real Clear Politics average of polls shows Crist with a 1.4 lead while Huffington Post's Pollster gives Scott the 0.8 percent lead. ... More >>
It's amazing what $25.6 million can buy you these days. A condo in South Beach. A season of CC Sabathia's pitching services. Or if you're Rick Scott, a five-point lead in a hotly contested governor's race. That's what a new poll out this morning from the Tampa Bay Times finds after Scott's record ea ... More >>
In a race between two known devils, Floridians can't seem to figure out which one is better. A new poll from Gravis Marketing shows that Floridians are split dead even between who they'd prefer as governor. Rick Scott or Charlie Crist sit at exactly 37 percent each. Perhaps the bigger news is that ... More >>
A lack of enthusiasm from rank-and-file Democrats over former Republican Charlie Crist's gubernatorial campaign may be taking its toll in reason polls. So perhaps it's not a surprise that Crist has unveiled a list of liberal-pleasing first day promises he hopes to enact upon inauguration. These ar ... More >>
Charlie Crist hasn't even won the Democratic primary yet, but he's already picked his general election running mate. Crist tapped Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, a Miami businesswoman who has made a few unsuccessful runs at office before and now is the chairwoman of the Miami-Dade Democrats and vice chair ... More >>
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke finds parallels between inner city violence and wars abroad. The Democratic Party in Florida is such a joke that its best candid ... More >>
Just days after launching a radio ad in the Orlando market blaming Charlie Crist for "for a lost generation of African-Americans," the mysterious political group Progressive Voice is back with a new ad running in North Florida that calls one of Crist's marquee political efforts as a Republican State ... More >>
Need more proof that spending dump trucks full of cash can win elections in America? Take a look at Florida's percolating governor's race, where Rick Scott -- yes, the same guy who has had trouble cracking 30 percent approval ratings for the past four years -- has suddenly pulled even with likely ch ... More >>
At a swanky luncheon yesterday inside a softly lit ballroom at the Coconut Grove Ritz-Carlton, former and likely future governor Charlie Crist had a few things to say. Among them: His favorite movie is Philadelphia; his new book costs $25 but will be cheaper in paperback; and his campaign had just r ... More >>
Some Florida Republicans have a weird tendency of writing strange fan-fiction about Charlie Crist. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is out with his latest yarn: He thinks Hillary Clinton is already talking to Charlie Crist about being her running mate in 2016.
In the past two days, two new polls released regarding the Florida gubernatorial race tell two very different stories. One shows Democrat Charlie Crist back up to a two-digit lead over incumbent Rick Scott, but another shows Scott with a one-point lead.
Will Florida's 2014 governor's race become the election that was over before it even began? Ever since Governor Rick Scott's approval ratings plummeted shortly into his tenure, rumors have floated that Charlie Crist would officially become a Democrat and trounce Scott in an election ... and that see ... More >>
Former governor Charlie Crist addressed the non-partisan Forum Club of the Palm Beaches on his plans to unseat current governor Rick Scott. The Scott campaign responded by sending Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera to give an instant response to the media. Crist, apparently channeling his inner Frank ... More >>
Charlie Crist may be running on a "man of the people" platform, but that hasn't stopped him from moving to Florida's most expensive and exclusive zip code. Crist and his wife Carol Rome are apparently spending so much time in South Florida that they're now renting a condo on ritzy Fisher Island. R ... More >>
To promote his new book, The Party's Over, and kick up buzz about his campaign for governor, Charlie Crist stopped by The Colbert Report last night. Of course, that meant some prime Rick Scott joke opportunities for Colbert, and the host asked Crist if he was afraid of Scott. "You're not afraid th ... More >>
On one hand the defection of a former state Representative from the Republican party to the Democrats should be an embarrassment for the GOP, but it really speaks more to the sad state of Florida's Democratic party that people are already mentioning that state rep as a possible Charlie Crist running ... More >>
Last time we checked in with polling for Florida's gubernatorial race, Public Policy Polling showed a surprising Rick Scott surge in which he had pulled into a statistical tie with Charlie Crist. However, Quinnipac has come along and released a poll this morning that shows Crist still eight points a ... More >>
If Charlie Crist wants to rid himself of the reputation that he's a political chameleon, willing to do anything for personal advantage regardless of who it betrays or damages -- a new documentary released over the weekend won't help his cause. In the Netflix documentary, Mitt, which daubs the falle ... More >>
Maybe this governor's race isn't totally over before it even began. Back in August, when Public Policy Polling asked Floridians whether they plan to vote for Charlie Crist or Rick Scott, Crist had a 12-point lead. Now, for its first poll in the new year, PPP has found Crist's lead has shrunk to just ... More >>
Remember how Charlie Crist was going to write a tell-all book about breaking up with the Republican Party? Well, it's here. The Tampa Bay Times got an early copy and apparently it contains some juicy stuff, including an anecdote about Karl Rove calling the then GOP gubernatorial candidate "chickens ... More >>
Charlie Crist, the man of a thousand stances, recently sat down for his first interview with the gay press. While a Republican Governor in 2008 he publicly backed Amendment 2, which banned gay marriage and civil union in Florida. During his ill-fated 2010 Senate run he held firm on that opinion. But ... More >>
Charlie Crist, in his new form as a Democrat, is running against Governor Rick Scott, but that doesn't mean he won't be attacking his former Senate campaign rival Marco Rubio apparently. Crist and Rubio got into a public snit today after Crist said that Rubio had "endorsed" Obamacare.
Charlie Crist has only been running for governor for 12 days, but he's already raised nearly $900,000. And according to the first poll released since his announcement, he has a 10-point lead over incumbent Rick Scott.
Shortly after Charlie Crist announced he'd be running for governor as a Democrat on Monday, word came that he'd be doing his first big cable news interview as a candidate on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews. Crist was likely hoping this would be a chance to raise his national profile among MSN ... More >>
Well, Republican-turned-Independent-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist officially announced he's running for his old Governor gig again this morning, cementing one of the more improbable political evolutions in Florida history. Crist's name instantly started trending on Twitter, and the Twitoverse isn't ... More >>
On Monday it becomes official. After more than a year of speculations, Charlie Crist is reportedly set to announce he's running for Governor as a Democrat. What was once Florida's biggest political "What if?" scenario is actually happening.
If there's any doubt left that former Republican governor Charlie Crist is really going to challenge Rick Scott as a Democrat next year, his new web ad released alongside the relaunch of his website should erase them. It's not technically a campaign ad since Crist hasn't officially announced his can ... More >>
Charlie Crist hasn't officially announced his candidacy yet, but with Alex Sink deciding to forgo another run, there's a good chance he'll be the Democratic candidate for governor in 2014. And, if this latest Public Policy Polling survey is any indication, there's a good chance he'll be governor onc ... More >>
It's a story of broken trust, backstabbing, and revenge. It's Charlie Crist's upcoming book. Yes, Florida's most famous Republican turned Democrat is penning a tell-all book about his journey from "Ronald Reagan Republican" to Obama-hugging Democrat, and it's coming out this winter.
Florida has been without a lieutenant governor now for 100 days, and Rick Scott has shown no signs that he's going to pick a replacement anytime soon. Though, an intriguing name has been circulating in political circles: Former Senator George LeMieux. Yes, Charlie Crist's former best friend and chie ... More >>
Charlie Crist was officially wed to the Democratic party today in a quiet ceremony attended only be close friends and family. The pair had announced their engagement over the weekend at a White House Christmas party.Just kidding. The former Republican governor turned a Pinellas County elections offi ... More >>
Are Democrats warming up to the idea of Charlie Crist becoming their 2014 nominee for governor? Over the weekend, two high profile Florida Democrats took the airwaves and seemed to have nothing but nice things to say about Crist, including Bob Graham, who even after years out of office remains one o ... More >>
This is an actual press release sent out by an actual political party. The Republican Party of Florida to be exact. Someone (or perhaps multiple someones) actually wrote this, and made a photoshop and decided it would be a good idea to send out.
The growing scandal involving the affairs of Gen. David Patraeus and Gen. John Allen looked for a minute like it was about to include, at least peripherally, former Gov. Charlie Crist as well. Yesterday, English paper The Daily Telegraph reported that Natalie Khawam, the twin sister of Jill Kelley, ... More >>
Earlier this week, we brought to your attention to an odd poll that claimed 61 percent of Democratic voters wanted former Republican Charlie Crist to be the Dem's gubernatorial candidate in 2014. The numbers seemed way off, and now a new poll is out showing that actually Alex Sink, who ran for gover ... More >>
Should Charlie Crist return to politics as a Democrat his biggest roadblock may be, well, Democratic voters. After all, one would figure that a man who has a pretty solid Republican political history (despite what Tea Partiers might have had you believed) would have a hard time winning in a Democrat ... More >>
Last night, Charlie Crist completed his nasty two-year break-up with conservatives. When he strolled onto the DNC set in Charlotte, the Republican establishment he once belonged to collectively winced. Then it watched the former Florida governor openly praise President Barack Obama."But even as the ... More >>