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Crist Leaves Senate Door Open

February 2nd, 2009 by flanews

Governor Charlie Crist isnt ruling out a run at the US Senate.

Several big name Republicans have turned down the opportunity to run for the seat Mel Martinez will vacate in 2010. Crist has been dodging the question for months, saying hes focused on Florida. A reporter asked Crist point blank if he is withdrawing his name.

It sure sounds that youre running for Senate, if you could put that to rest or whatever, asked a reporter Im focused on Florida and our budget issues and making sure were ready to spend these stimulus dollar, Crist said. Thats a no as far as running for Senate, added the reporter. I didnt hear that, Crist said. So its a possibility, the reporter persisted. Im going to focus on Florida. Focus on our budget, Crist said.

Among the people whove announced they wont run: Former Governor Jeb Bush, Attorney General Bill McCollum and Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink. Democratic Congressman Kendrick Meek and State Senator Dan Gelber are running for a shot at the seat.

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