TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Charlie Crist will run for the U.S. Senate instead of seeking a second term, saying he can help
Florida more from Washington.
Crist issued a press release Tuesday announcing his 2010
election plans instead of holding an announcement event.
He immediately becomes the front-runner to replace Republican
Sen. Mel Martinez, who is leaving office after one term. He is also
a top prize for Republicans nationally as they try to keep
Democrats from capturing at least 60 Senate seats.
Former state House Speaker Marco Rubio will challenge Crist in
the Republican primary.
U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek and state Sen. Dan Gelber are seeking the Democratic nomination.