Ron DeSantis will run against Charlie Crist for governor in Florida. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. The Associated Press said that Charlie Crist,
a Democrat who has been in politics for a long time, won the primary for governor in Florida. In November, Crist will face Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is a Republican.
Crist was the Republican governor of Florida for more than ten years. Now, he is a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Democratic Party in the state is split, and the primary for governor has shown this. Nikki Fried, the Florida Agriculture Commissioner and Crist's opponent,
hit him hard on his record as governor and on the fact that he changed his mind about things like abortion and criminal justice.
As Crist announced his victory Tuesday night, he thanked Fried for running a hard-fought campaign, but it was clear that he had his sights set on DeSantis:
"This election could not be about something more important. Friends, our most important rights are literally on the ballot. A woman's right to choose is on the ballot.
Voting is how democracy works. "This ballot is about your rights as a minority." He called DeSantis a "bully" and "dangerous," and
he made sure to make it clear that he supports abortion rights as a candidate. "On the first day of my presidency, I will sign an order to protect a woman's right to choose."
Crist raised more money than Fried and is running as a moderate. He is trying to beat DeSantis in November. He has tried to win over voters who don't belong
to any party and Republicans who are unhappy with their party. Top groups that lean Democratic, like the state's teachers' union, have backed him.
Crist has a mixed record when it comes to winning elections. In 2010, he left the Republican Party to run against Marco Rubio for the U.S. Senate as an independent.