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President Obama (left) talks with former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist on Sept. 8, 2012, at a campaign rally in Seminole, Fla. (Associated Press)

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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who leaves office Tuesday, will be remembered as a skilled politician who squandered his popularity as a Republican and fell victim to a bad economy, critics say. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS Jim Morrison, long-dead Doors singer, is back in the news. Outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a fan, tells the St. Petersburg Times he will seek a pardon for the rocker, who was convicted of exposing himself at a raucous 1969 concert in Miami. He died in 1971.

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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican turned independent, talks to reporters in Miami on Friday after the first debate between the candidates running for an open U.S. Senate seat.

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Associated Press SENATE HOPEFULS: Republican Marco Rubio (left) has a big lead over independent rival Charlie Crist in Florida.

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Associated Press Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, independent candidate for Senate, speaks to reporters after voting in St. Petersburg.

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Associated Press photographs THIRD WAY: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, independent candidate for Senate, speaks to reporters after voting Tuesday in St. Petersburg.

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Associated Press Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (right), a former Republican, had $8 million in his campaign coffers for his independent bid for Senate as of Aug. 4, nearly double that of his GOP rival.

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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist talks with a heavy equipment operator transporting contaminated sand off the beach in Pensacola Beach, Fla., Friday, June 25, 2010. Mr. Crist was making a personal inspection of cleanup efforts along the Florida panhandle. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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President Obama (right) and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist walk along Casino Beach on Pensacola Beach, Fla., on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, as Mr. Obama visited the Gulf Coast region affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Obama, accompanied by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, left, makes a statement after he meets with local officials on Pensacola Beach, Fla., Tuesday, June 15, 2010, as they visited the Gulf Coast region affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Obama and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist walk along Casino Beach on Pensacola Beach, Fla., Tuesday, June 15, 2010, as he visited the Gulf Coast region affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Obama and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist walk along Casino Beach on Pensacola Beach, Fla., Tuesday, June 15, 20010, as they visited the Gulf Coast region affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Security personnel stand watch as President Obama and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist walk along Casino Beach on Pensacola Beach, Fla., Tuesday, June 15, 20010, as they visited the Gulf Coast region affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Obama and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist walk along Casino Beach on Pensacola Beach, Fla.,Tuesday, June 15, 2010, as they visited the Gulf Coast region affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Bystanders watch the motorcade carrying President Obama and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist along Casino Beach on Pensacola Beach, Fla., Tuesday, June 15, 20010, as they visited the Gulf Coast region affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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President Obama, flanked by Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, left, National Incident Commander Adm. Thad Allen, right, makes a statement on Pensacola Beach, Fla., Tuesday, June 15, 2010, as they visited the Gulf Coast region affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio (left) and Gov. Charlie Crist were cordial to each other earlier this month, but some supporters of Mr. Rubio's Senate bid are angry at the NRSC for favoring Mr. Crist.