Michael van der Galien

Crist to announce tomorrow that he’ll run as an Independent

Posted on April 28 2010 3:00 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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Via Hot Air comes the news that Florida Governor Charlie Crist will announce tomorrow that he’ll run as an Independent in his state’s upcoming senatorial election.

Crist has been trailing his main rival for the nomination of the Republican Party, Marco Rubio, for a while now in the polls. And with trailing I don’t mean by two or three, but by ten percent or more. Put differently, if he wants to represent his state in the Senate, Crist has no choice but to run as an Independent.

Credible reports saying that Crist was considering an independent run first surfaced weeks ago. As such today’s news can’t exactly be called surprising.

I do wonder whether this should be considered a strategic blow for the GOP or not. On the one hand, Rubio undoubtedly appeals more to his party’s base. On the other hand, a party can only win elections if it is a big tent, in which “the base” and moderates feel at home.

In any case, expect the senatorial campaign in Florida to be dirtier than ever before. Crist and Rubio will undoubtedly not pull any punches.

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