TAMPA, Florida (CNN) - It appears the ongoing speculation about Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's political future will come to an end Thursday evening in St. Petersburg.
The embattled Senate candidate has scheduled a campaign event in his hometown, in which he is expected to announce whether he intends to remain a Republican or seek the office as an independent.
Crist's campaign is calling it "a candidate qualifying event," but is not saying what the governor intends to announce. As of Tuesday, some GOP sources close to Crist were not sure if the governor had even made up his mind about his next step.
Crist trails his GOP primary opponent Marco Rubio badly in the polls and has signaled in recent weeks that he is pivoting away from Republican dogma and moving toward an independent bid.
On Tuesday, for instance, after doing a fly-over of the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, he told reporters that he is backing off his support for offshore drilling.
Thursday's event in the voter-rich Tampa area - which happens to be the state's biggest media market - will take place in Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg.