Charlie Crist to kick off run for governor as a Democrat

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is kicking off his campaign to run for his old job as a Democrat.

Crist is holding a rally Monday morning near his St. Petersburg home to begin his campaign for governor. He filed paperwork Friday to get in the race.

The event is in the same park where he announced in 2010 that he would run for Senate as an independent. He lost that race to Marco Rubio and is now trying to make a political comeback as a Democrat.

Crist has been building up to the campaign, last year campaigning for Democratic President Barack Obama and this year speaking to Democratic party groups.

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Former state Sen. Nan Rich is also seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

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