TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — Florida voters on Tuesday sent former governor Charlie Crist to Congress.READ MORE: Florida Judge Shields Surgeon General Scott Rivkees From Deposition In Mask Fight
Charlie Crist, a former one-term Republican governor who lost the 2014 governor’s race as a Democrat, defeated U.S. Rep. David Jolly, an Indian Shores Republican, in the redrawn Congressional District 13, which is centered on Crist’s hometown of St. Petersburg.READ MORE: BSO Seeking Information About Woman's Body Found Floating In Weston Lake
Crist edged Jolly, who was first elected to Congress in a special election in 2014 and flirted with a U.S. Senate bid earlier this year, by nearly 13,000 votes, or a 52-48 percent difference in a district that favored a Democratic candidate.
Crist’s victory revived a political career that had stalled after a loss as an independent candidate in the 2010 U.S. Senate race, followed by his narrow loss to Gov. Rick Scott in 2014.MORE NEWS: They're Back! Love Bugs Invade Florida Once Again
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