ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Former Florida Republican Gov. Charlie Crist has won a seat in the U.S. House as a Democrat, ousting incumbent Republican Rep. David Jolly.
Crist, a Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, is a former governor, former state attorney general and was on the short list to be Sen. John McCain's vice presidential running mate in 2008.
Democrats were counting on Crist and other candidates to make significant inroads into the Republicans' commanding House majority. Florida offers at least three potential Democratic gains as the party tries to cobble together a 30-seat pickup.
The race may be one of the few nationally in which Jolly is using Donald Trump against the Democrat, noting that Trump helped Crist raise money when he was with the GOP.
Crist has the hometown advantage -- he was raised in St. Petersburg -- and was running in a redrawn district that includes more African-Americans.
Jolly, who has represented the 13th Congressional District since 2014, hoped that Crist's complicated political past will make him vulnerable.
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