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St. Petersburg Times lends credence to rumor that Charlie Crist will run as independent

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From St. Petersburg Times’ Adam Smith: Marco Rubio is trouncing him in the polls, raising big money and turning into a Republican superstar.

What’s Charlie Crist to do?

To hear the growing speculation in Tallahassee and the Washington beltway, Gov. Crist’s path to victory in the U.S. Senate race may be to forgo the Republican party and run as an independent. Never mind that Crist and virtually every one of his allies dismiss the notion, the chatter is rampant.

“You’re going to see a very vigorous negative campaign on Charlie’s part over the next 30 days trying to bring Rubio’s numbers down,” said Republican consultant Ana Navarro of Miami, a Rubio supporter. “But come April 15 when those fundraising numbers go public and Rubio has raised more money than him, and there’s new poll numbers showing he’s still far behind, I would not be surprised if Crist runs as an independent.”

I asked last week if Crist laying the groundwork for an independent bid?

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.

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