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Poll: Gov. Kasich of Ohio has a big lead in bid for another term

Poll: Gov. Kasich of Ohio has a big lead in bid for another term

HAMDEN, Conn., July 30 (UPI) --Ohio Gov. John Kasich continues to hold a double-digit lead over his Democratic challenger, Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald, a poll said Wednesday.
Frances Burns
Poll: Florida governor's race too close to call when Libertarian added

Poll: Florida governor's race too close to call when Libertarian added

HAMDEN, Conn., July 24 (UPI) --Florida Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist end up in a statistical tie when voters are given a Libertarian third option, a Quinnipiac Poll found.
Frances Burns
Sen. Marco Rubio says Charlie Crist will embarrass Democrats

Sen. Marco Rubio says Charlie Crist will embarrass Democrats

WASHINGTON, May 8 (UPI) --Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., says Florida's former Republican governor, Charlie Crist, will embarrass his new party during his run as a Democrat this year.
Frances Burns
Poll: Hillary Clinton would beat Jeb Bush in Florida

Poll: Hillary Clinton would beat Jeb Bush in Florida

HAMDEN, Conn., May 1 (UPI) -- Hillary Clinton is running 8 percentage points ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in his home state, the Quinnipiac Poll said Thursday.
Frances Burns
Rick Scott snubs protesters, did not even slow SUV

Rick Scott snubs protesters, did not even slow SUV

March 21 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) was at a fundraiser Friday when he ignored angry protesters and kept his motorcade going down the street.
Aileen Graef

Florida TV station labels Republicans as 'Reprehensive Party'

MIAMI, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- A Miami television station airing a Republican attack video aimed at former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist identified the source as the "Reprehensive Party."

Fla. Supreme Court allows medical marijuana on ballot

MIAMI, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The Florida Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, ruled that a medical marijuana initiative should be on the ballot in November.

Lawsuit challenges Florida's ban on gay marriage

MIAMI, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Six couples have challenged Florida's ban on same-sex marriage, which was added to the state Constitution in a 2008 vote.
Crist kicks off Florida gubernatorial bid as Democrat

Crist kicks off Florida gubernatorial bid as Democrat

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist held his first gubernatorial campaign event as a Democrat Monday where he was embraced by his new party colleagues.

Charlie Crist running for Florida governor as Democrat

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Charlie Crist made it official Friday afternoon, submitting paperwork to make another run for governor of Florida, this time as a Democrat.
Former Florida Gov. Crist unwelcome at Rep. Young's funeral

Former Florida Gov. Crist unwelcome at Rep. Young's funeral

LARGO, Fla., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The widow of Rep. C.W. Bill Young, R-Fla., made it clear she will not welcome former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist at her husband's upcoming memorial service.

Former chairman of Fla. GOP gets 18 months

ORLANDO, Fla., March 27 (UPI) -- Former Florida Republican Chairman Jim Greer was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for stealing $125,000 in party funds.

Former Fla. GOP chairman pleads guilty

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Former Florida Republican chairman Jim Greer pleaded guilty to four charges of grand theft in diverting party funds to a fundraising firm.

Fla. Gov. Scott appoints few black judges

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott is on a pace to appoint fewer African-Americans to state judgeships than his two predecessors, angering black legislators.

Former Florida Gov. condemns election law

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist criticized current Gov. Rick Scott's signing of a election law that he said helped suppress the vote in the state.
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Florida Governor Charlie Crist attends the NASCAR Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida on February 15, 2009. (UPI Photo/Martin Fried)
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Charles Joseph "Charlie" Crist Jr. (pronounced /ˈkrɪst/; born July 24, 1956) is an American politician who was the 44th Governor of Florida. Prior to his election as governor, Crist previously served as Florida State Senator, Education Commissioner, and Attorney General. He was elected governor in 2006 with 52.4 percent of the vote (against opponent Jim Davis), and took office the following year.

Crist's term as governor ended in January 2011. Crist announced on May 12, 2009 that he would run instead for the United States Senate seat being vacated by then-fellow Republican Mel Martinez. He later decided to run as an independent in the general election, but lost to Republican Marco Rubio in the general election.

Crist was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania on July 24, 1956, to Charles Joseph Crist, Sr., an American physician of Greek Cypriot descent, and Nancy (née Lee), of Scots-Irish American descent. His family name is adapted from the original Greek name "Christodoulou". Crist moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, as a child, where he attended Riviera Middle School and graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 1974. He is the second of four children and has three sisters: Margaret Crist Wood, Elizabeth Crist Hyden, and Catherine Crist Kennedy. He attended Wake Forest University for two years, where he played quarterback for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team. Crist earned his undergraduate degree from Florida State University where he was elected Vice President of the student body and became a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He received his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law in Alabama.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Charlie Crist."
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