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Crist Switches Registration

Gov. Charlie Crist plans to extend his no-party-affiliated U.S. Senate candidacy to his personal voter registration today “to be consistent.”

Crist plans to be in his St. Petersburg hometown Wednesday to help open a new U.S. Coast Guard command post to coordinate cleanup efforts stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. He also plans to stop at the Pinellas County Elections Supervisor’s office and break his personal tie with the Republican Party.

“I’m independent, I’m free,” Crist said Tuesday. “And I think people want somebody who’s independent to represent them in the U.S. Senate. And I’m going to make my registration reflect that, too.”

Crist filed his U.S. Senate qualifying papers April 30 as a no-party candidate after polls showed him likely losing a Republican primary to former House Speaker Marco Rubio.

The leading Democrat in the race is U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek.

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