Election night wasn't so kind to two of Florida’s most well-known politicians. Come January, both Governor Charlie Crist and state CFO Alex Sink will be out of a job, but just because they're leaving public life doesn't mean they'll disappear from view. A simple question was posed to Crist and Sink: what's next?
Charlie Crist is grappling with a defeat that was practically unimaginable back when he entered the US Senate race.
“It was time to move on, and, you know, I’m happy with having made that decision, and now I am moving on - in a different sense, not to Washington, but I look forward to the future - I really do,” says Crist.
For the first time in two decades, Crist's future won’t involve public office.
The governor says he hasn't thought about what he'll do.
Then there's Alex Sink, the Democratic state CFO who came within 60,000 votes of defeating Scott.
That's a lot better than her husband, Bill McBride. did when he ran against Jeb Bush eight years ago.
McBride says his wife may have lost, but she's anything but defeated.
“She's so unbelievable. She just wakes up and says, 'Well, I’ve got to go to work on Monday', so she pops on the seven o'clock plane yesterday morning and she was here. So, it's pretty hard to keep her down,” says McBride.
Like Crist, Sink has yet to rule out another run.
She says, “Fifty percent of the people who voted did vote for us, and so I feel a responsibility to be sure that those voters' voices are heard as we go forward.”
For Governor Crist, a return to the political stage could happen almost overnight.
During the campaign, he attracted plenty of attention for leaving the Republican Party and running as an Independent.
Some political strategists say Crist could now become a national voice for a more moderate brand of politics.
The next opportunity for Crist and sink to run for office again likely will come in 2012.
That's when Democratic Senator Bill Nelson faces re-election and newly-drawn congressional districts are up for grabs.