Charlie Crist Makes It Official: He's Running for Senate

Big, big news! Charlie Crist has joined Twitter!

Well, he also announced his intention to run for Florida's open Senate seat in 2010, but everyone has known that for months. But as of 9:12 this morning, it's official. Crist made the announcement through a press release and a Twitter update, a relatively low-key beginning to what is sure to be a superstar campaign. It should come as no surprise that his socialite, heiress wife, Carole Rome, is credited with playing a big part in moving Crist's political aspirations past Tallahassee and toward D.C.

Almost immediately after the announcement, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair Jon Cornyn gave Crist a rare primary endorsement, meaning despite Crist's moderate leanings, the GOP is firmly behind him.

It will be Crist's second attempt at the same Senate seat. He ran against popular incumbent Bob Graham in 1998 and lost by 26 percentage points. This time, the results should lean more in Crist's favor.

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Kyle Munzenrieder