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Florida: Charlie Crist leaving the Republican party to run for Senate as an independent.

Charlie Crist

MIAMI — Gov. Charlie Crist announced Thursday that he will run independently for the United States Senate, giving Florida a race that will once again make the state a gawk-worthy stage of American politics, where the country’s desires, fears and conflicts play out.

Mr. Crist told supporters in his home town of St. Petersburg that his decision to leave the Republican party is “the right thing for America” and “the right thing for Florida.”

“My decision to run for the U.S. Senate as a candidate without party affiliation says more about our nation and our state than it says about me,” Mr. Crist said. “Unfortunately our political system is broken. I think we need a new tone in Washington.”

In a six-minute speech in which he was accompanied by his family and about 250 supporters, Mr. Crist acknowledged that he…READ MORE HERE.