What Charlie Crist Risks If He Doesn’t Run as an Independent

Facing off against the growing popularity and fiscal behemoth of Marco Rubio in a Republican primary election could sink any chance Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has in becoming his state’s next U.S. senator. “Under Florida law, Crist has to declare whether he’s running for the Republican nomination or as an independent by April 30. Unlike Sen. Joe Lieberman in Connecticut, Crist could not lose the GOP primary and then declare himself an independent or third-party candidate. Under the independent-run scenario, Crist could remain a registered Republican but file paperwork declaring himself running as an independent or no party affiliation candidate. He could keep most of the money he has raised to date and use it for the general election, rather than a primary election. He wouldn’t even be required to comply with refund requests from donors.” [SPT]