Charlie Crist is a Democratic U.S. congressman from St. Petersburg, beating U.S. Rep. David Jolly for the District 13 seat in 2016. As a Republican, he served as governor from 2007 to 2011. Crist left the Republican Party in 2010 to mount a campaign for the U.S. Senate as an independent. Crist lost the race to Marco Rubio. In 2012, he endorsed President Barack Obama and announced that he had registered as a Democrat. He lost his race as a Democratic candidate for governor in 2014.
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