FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist has taken a commanding early lead as he seeks the Democratic nomination for his old job.
With 3 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Crist led former state Sen. Nan Rich 77 to 23 percent.
The primary is the first step in Crist's attempt at a political comeback. The winner will face incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott.
Crist left the GOP in 2010 when he ran as an independent for the Senate seat won by Republican Marco Rubio.
Crist used to call himself a Ronald Reagan Republican, but he increasingly aligned himself with Democrats after the Senate campaign.
He campaigned for President Barack Obama in 2012 and registered as a Democrat after the election, announcing the decision on Twitter during a White House event.