Charlie Crist continues campaign into weekend with Miami stops
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Crist visited Jacksonville, Orlando, Pensacola and Lake County in his first week on the campaign trail after announcing his candidacy Tuesday.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist is showing no signs of stopping after announcing his entrance into the 2022 gubernatorial race Tuesday.

Crist is the first major Democratic candidate in the race, likely to face Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is widely expected to run as well.

Throughout the past week, the congressman has been making rounds across the state, from launching his campaign in his home district in St. Petersburg, to courting Jacksonville voters and politicos Thursday. Crist also hit Orlando, Pensacola and Lake County in his first week on the campaign trail.

And, he’s not taking the weekend off.

On Saturday, Crist is in Miami with plans to meet with leaders of several cultural and religious communities.

He’ll start the day with Miami-Dade Democratic Cuban Americans, followed by a noon meeting with Venezuelan community leaders. 

In the afternoon, Crist will sit for a roundtable with local faith leaders, and he’ll end the day visiting Haitian elected officials and communities leaders.

An early campaign launch and the slew of meetings may be paying off for Crist — polls show he is the favored Democrat in the 2022 Governor’s race.

Victory Insights, a national polling firm with a presence in Naples, polled more than 600 Floridians on Tuesday, the same day Crist announced he would run for Governor this cycle. But the firm surveyed voters’ thoughts on two other likely Democratic candidates: Fried and U.S. Rep. Val Demings.

Notably, the survey showed Gov. Ron DeSantis narrowly leading all three Democrats, but Crist boasts the best chance of winning the Democratic nomination for Governor and — just barely — puts up the best showing against DeSantis.

This will mark Crist’s third run for Governor. He served in the office from 2007 to 2011 as a Republican, and ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat in 2014, losing to now-Sen. Rick Scott.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected]


  • martin

    May 8, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    Crist is an opportunistic parasite. Please do not allow him to continue feeding off the public trough.

  • Edward Lyle

    May 8, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Chuck Christ is a textbook example of the “Political Swamp Creature”. He’s been living off the back of taxpayers for so long, he is now simply incapable of doing anything else. And what does his beard have to say about this? We all know Chuck got married to hide his true preferences and proclivities. She only agreed because she wanted to be a member of the most exclusive country club (US Senate) in the world. Instead, Chuck had to settle for a membership in the most criminal money laundering enterprise (House of Representatives) in the world.

    Now Chuck and his beard want to slither back into the Florida taxpayer funded Governors Mansion and lifestyle… and a attempt to complete the ever-sought-after “quadruple dip” on the taxpayers dime. Heck, even Dementia Joe has only reach the “triple dip” bar.

    Sorry Chuck… Thanks to the good work and strong courage of Governor DeSantis, Florida does work for all people… while you’ve spent your entire adult life working for only one person… Chuck and Chuck, For the, ummm, well, Chuck.

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