FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

Charlie Crist is one step closer to getting his old job back.

The former Republican governor defeated former state Senate Democratic Leader Nan Rich in Tuesday's primary election, meaning he'll face Gov. Rick Scott in the November general election.

"In 70 days, we want to make Florida Scott-free," Crist said during his acceptance speech.

Crist was a heavy favorite to defeat the lesser-known Rich. Much of his campaign advertisements have focused on Scott.

In 2009, Crist announced that he would not seek re-election so that he could run for U.S. Senate.

Facing stiff competition in the Republican primary from eventual winner Marco Rubio, Crist elected to run as an independent, but he lost in the general election.

Crist, who once called himself a Ronald Reagan Republican, increasingly aligned himself with Democrats after the failed Senate campaign.

He endorsed President Barack Obama in his 2012 re-election campaign and later became a Democrat.

Republicans have taken shots at Crist for flip-flopping on issues like same-sex marriage, calling it a political ploy.

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