@CharlieCrist’s Democratic support surging

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The share of Democratic supporters donating to Charlie Crist’s U.S. Senate campaign has multiplied since the Florida governor left the GOP in April to run as an independent, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

Donors who had given to President Obama’s 2008 campaign made up almost 10 percent of the individual contributions to Crist’s campaign in the second quarter of this year, from April through June. By comparison, Obama donors made up only about 2.5 percent of individual contributions to Crist when he was running for Senate as a Republican, according to the AP analysis.

The percentage of donations Crist received from contributors to his 2006 Democratic gubernatorial rival, Jim Davis, doubled. Through March as a Republican, Crist received slightly more than 3 percent of his donations from Davis donors. In the second quarter, about 7 percent of his donations came from Davis contributors.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.