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Mitch McConnell distances himself from Charlie Crist

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Politico: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Sunday distanced himself from the Senate campaign of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, and also offered a warning about a potential independent run for the open seat.

“We’re going to elect a Republican senator in Florida, and the Republican primary voters in Florida are going to determine who that is,” McConnell said on CNN’s “State of the Union. “We’ve been looking at the surveys, as you indicate, and it looks like Marco Rubio is running a very effective campaign and seems to have the lead. I’m going to be there behind the Republican nominee whoever that is.”

McConnell, who has supported Crist, said the governor would “lose all Republican support if he were to run as an independent.”

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