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Ex-Gov. Charlie Crist aims for political comeback in House

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It’s a sunny fall day at Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg, and Charlie Crist is in his element. “What’s your name?,” he purrs to a woman in a wheelchair, taking her hand. He beams a white smile that matches his snow-white hair, contrasting with his tan face. “May I get a picture?” he asks, bending down on one knee. The woman giggles. Crist, a Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, is a former governor, former state attorney general and was on the short list…

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Charlie Crist, Rick Kriseman, Alex Sink get out the vote

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With less than a day to go before the polls open for the last time, former Gov. Charlie Crist and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman spent some time Monday urging people to vote if they had not already done so. Kriseman and Crist, who is running for the Congressional District 13 seat held by Republican David Jolly, started out in the Tyrone area. Later, they visited businesses on Central Avenue in St. Pete where Alex Sink joined them. Sink is…

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Poll: Charlie Crist holds five-point lead over David Jolly on eve of election

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Charlie Crist could be heading to Washington, D.C. A new poll from St. Pete Polls shows the former governor holds a five-point lead over Rep. David Jolly in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. The survey — conducted for FloridaPolitics.com — shows nearly 51 percent of voters said they were backing Crist, compared to nearly 46 percent backing Jolly. About 4 percent of respondents said they were still unsure. The poll of 844 likely Florida voters was conducted on Nov. 6. It has…

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Charlie Crist leads “souls to the polls” on final day of early voting

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As the final day of early voting wound down, there were lines at voting sites and overall turnout was about 47.8 percent in Pinellas. That number included both mail-in ballots that had been received and early voting as of about 4 p.m. Sunday, a day that saw candidates scrambling for every vote still left on the table. One of the big pushes was the “Souls to the Polls” events, a statewide initiative designed to reach members of the faith community,…

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Joe Biden, Jimmy Buffett to hold GOTV rally in St. Petersburg on Monday

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Jimmy Buffett has a message for Floridians: Get out and vote. Buffett is scheduled to perform at a get out the vote rally for Democrats Hillary Clinton, Patrick Murphy, and Charlie Crist on Monday. The Florida music icon will be joined by Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife. The event comes just one day before Election Day, and is meant to encourage voters to get to the polls. Murphy and Crist are also expected to…

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Charlie Crist, David Jolly fish for votes three days before election

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David Jolly and Charlie Crist spent much of Saturday the way they’ve spent much of the past few months – casting a net for votes. Jolly, the Republican incumbent, is facing a challenge from Democrat Crist for the 13th Congressional District seat. Jolly spent the first part of the morning at an Alzheimer’s Awareness Fair at the Barnes and Noble bookstore on the University of South Florida campus in downtown St. Petersburg. His office had helped arrange the event, which included…

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Mike Fasano making robocalls for Charlie Crist

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Former state Sen. Mike Fasano, who is now the Pasco County Tax Collector, has endorsed former Gov. Charlie Crist in his run for the Congressional District 13 seat. News of the endorsement came the same day that Fasano, a Republican, was featured in a robocall supporting Crist’s candidacy. Crist, a Democrat, is running against Republican incumbent David Jolly. In the robocall, Fasano says, “Hi, I’m Mike Fasano. I’m a lifelong Republican, and I’m supporting Charlie Crist for Congress. Before you cast…

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