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Charlie Crist: I’ll announce my political plans on Thursday ***Updated***

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Charlie Crist this morning said he will end the guessing game about his political future on Thursday with an announcement on whether he will abandon the Republican Party and run for U.S. Senate as an independent. (The deadline for a decision is Friday.)

The Miami Herald’s Naked Politics blog has video.

The Orlando Sentinel is now reporting that Charlie Crist is expected to announce Thursday his intentions for the U.S. Senate race, but the latest buzz — as of this afternoon at least — is that he’ll declare an independent candidacy, most likely in his hometown of St. Petersburg.

Then Crist will hold a kick-off rally this weekend on Fisher Island, the exclusive Miami community where his wife Carole has a home.

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