The Washington Times - September 27, 2010, 03:13PM

Struggling Senate candidate Charlie Crist of Florida has received a campaign boost with the endorsement of former Democratic Rep. Robert Wexler.

The liberal Wexler, who served South Florida in the House for 13 years until retiring in January, said Crist, who left the Republican Party in April to run as an independent, has “earned the support” of Sunshine State voters.

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“He stood up for voting rights in the state of Florida like no one else, he stood up for a woman’s right to choose like no one else, he stood up for a public education system and teachers in this state like no one else, he’s earned our support,” said Wexler during a South Florida campaign event for Crist on Sunday, reported by Miami’s NBC affiliate WTVJ.

A poll released Saturday showed Crist trailing Republican Senate nominee Marco Rubio by 12-percentage points. The Mason-Dixon Polling and Research survey showed Crist leading Democratic nominee Rep. Kendrick B. Meek by 5 points.