According to almost every political prognosticator, Charlie Crist will become the Democratic nominee for Florida governor.
Only one thing stands in his way — next week’s Democratic primary against former Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich. From the beginning of Crist’s campaign, the former governor has far outperformed Rich in both polling and fundraising while devoting all of his effort to the November election against Gov. Rick Scott.
On Aug. 26, Crist will be hosting a primary election night event, not in his home town of St. Petersburg, but at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Ft. Lauderdale.
South Florida — particularly Rich’s Democratic home base of Broward County – has become an essential element in Crist’s strategy. Not only is Broward the location of the gubernatorial debate in October, but Crist has also opened his first campaign field office in Plantation and even rented a condominium in nearby Fort Lauderdale.
In a recent interview with Sun Sentinel editorial writers, Crist acknowledges that South Florida is “extremely important.”
“Broward is hugely important and South Florida has an awful lot of people,” he said. “Let’s just call a thing a thing. This is where an awful lot of votes are.”
So in addition to next week’s victory party in South Florida, voters can expect see a lot of Crist in the region during the lead up to November.