He is very popular, a moderate, and from Florida. This is the Mel Martinez seat in Florida. Martinez is not running for the senate.
This will be a tough pick up for the Democrats, but we will see, because there will be opposition in Republican primary.
Florida's popular Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is confirming that he will run for the U.S. Senate next year instead of seeking a second term.
The Florida race is important to Republicans nationally as they try to keep Democrats from a 60-seat majority in the Senate.
Crist immediately becomes the front-runner in the Senate race. He has maintained approval ratings in the high 60-percent range despite Florida's gloomy economy, budget cuts, a high foreclosure rate and high unemployment.
Crist's announcement has been anticipated since shortly after Republican Sen. Mel Martinez said in December he wouldn't seek a second term in 2010.
Crist is a top prize for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which has been scrambling for viable candidates in competitive swing states. read more here.......