Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist appears to have revived his political career as a Democrat, winning a House seat against an incumbent Republican who distanced himself from the GOP.
Crist, 60, defeated Rep. David Jolly, who has represented Florida’s 13th Congressional District since 2014 but who has set himself apart from many Republicans this election season by speaking out about campaign fundraising and refusing to endorse GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Crist, who was governor from 2007 to 2011, ran for Senate as a Republican in 2010, but dropped out of the GOP primary when Marco Rubio passed him in the polls. He ran as an independent and lost in the general election. Crist later became a Democrat and ran unsuccessfully for governor against Republican Rick Scott in 2014.
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