December 22nd, 2009
01:00 PM ET
9 years ago

Two Republicans take back Crist endorsement

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Washington (CNN) - Two prominent Florida Republicans have pulled their support for Gov. Charlie Crist's bid for the Senate.

Brothers and Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Ballart, who officially backed Crist in July, are no longer on the Senate hopeful's official list of endorsements. Lincoln Diaz-Balart told the Miami Herald that they made the decision weeks ago.

"We take our endorsements seriously, but the governor knows why we withdrew, and he left us with no alternative," Lincoln Diaz-Balart told the Miami Herald on Tuesday.

This is the latest setback for Crist, who has been hammered by conservatives in recent months. Crist once held a comfortable lead in polls over opponent Marco Rubio - but going into 2010, he faces bruising battle for his party's nod.

Filed under: Charlie Crist
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Diana Nj

    Sad day for the REP. party..

    December 22, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. Ani

    A bad thing for the people of florida. Even if you don't agree with him I think he did what he thought was right for the people of florida. It is sad the republican party now says party first America whenever. I may not vote for him but if he ran as an independent he could win the election.

    December 22, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. omoba

    No wonder the repubthugs are shiriking size wise, they can't seem to get their acts together. Really, good luck the party of NO.

    December 23, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |