Politics

Crist Is Slipping in Bid for Senate

Pat McMahon Contributor

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, battered by rivals as a political opportunist, is losing ground in his quest to build a bipartisan voter coalition and win a U.S. Senate seat as an independent.

The latest attack came Wednesday in a new Democratic Party ad featuring clips of the ex-Republican, who is courting Democratic voters, praising George W. Bush and Sarah Palin and saying he is “about as conservative as you can get.”

Mr. Crist had been leading the state’s three-way Senate race in surveys taken after he abandoned his failing Republican primary campaign in April and switched to independent, presenting himself as a middle-of-the-road alternative to both parties. His campaign envisioned a formula of centrist Democrats, liberal Republicans and independents—a counterweight, strategists thought, to the tea-party movement boosting his chief competitor in the race, GOP nominee Marco Rubio.

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