Crist to register with no party affiliation

Gov. Charlie Crist says he'll stop by the Pinellas County elections office on a Wednesday trip to his St. Petersburg hometown where he'll register with no party affiliation.

Crist, who has already announced his intentions to leave the Republican Party for a run for the U.S. Senate without of any party affiliation, said Tuesday that being independent allows him to stay true to his beliefs.

The Republican Party of Florida has assailed the governor in recent weeks after his decision to remain in the U.S. Senate race and compete against their nominee, former House Speaker Marco Rubio and the Democratic nominee in a three-way contest.

U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek of Miami is seen as the early front-runner for the Democratic nomination.

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