Charlie Crist spoke at five West Palm Beach churches on Sunday

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While attending a service at the Shiloh Family Worship Center, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist discussed his decision to leave the Republican Party, and repeated his support for restoring voting rights to felons who completed their sentences.

The Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard location was one of five local churches Crist visited in West Palm Beach on Sunday, where he spoke for about 8 minutes. On a backdrop of two large screens, there were pictures of Crist hugging President Barack Obama.

The pictures were from an event in Ft. Meyers where he introduced the Democratic president, Crist said.

“It was the end of me as a Republican,” Crist told the crowd of about a hundred parishioners. “But you know God is interesting. He is a funny God. Sometimes when one door closes another one opens.”

“Here we are about 56 days from a new election and a second chance,” he added.

Also on Sunday morning, Crist stopped at a church on Riviera Beach.

The former Republican governor is locked in a close race with incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who is on a two-week-long statewide bus tour across.

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