To hear the growing speculation in Tallahassee and inside 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. Although 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.”