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Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist will once again run for Florida governor, challenging DeSantis

The last time Florida voters elected a Democratic governor was more than two decades ago in 1994.

Updated: May 5, 2021 - 6:21pm

The Facts Inside Our Reporter’s Notebook

Florida Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist is mounting a bid to again become the governor of Florida. 

Crist was a Republican when he won the state's 2006 gubernatorial contest. The veteran politician in 2014 was the Democratic gubernatorial nominee but lost to incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who is now serving as a U.S. senator from Florida.

Crist lost in 2010 when he ran as an Independent in a general election Senate contest that Republican Marco Rubio won. 

The last time Florida voters elected a Democratic governor was more than two decades ago in 1994.

Crist, if he reaches the 2022 general election, would challenge Florida incumbent GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, a former House member and popular conservative politician.

Earlier this year, DeSantis came in second place only to former President Trump in a 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll question about who people would vote for in a 2024 GOP presidential primary.