Charlie Crist was the popular Republican governor of Florida in 2009. But then he supported President Obama's $814 billion stimulus, and Republicans turned on him in his bid for the Senate. Crist left the party, ceding the Republican nomination to Marco Rubio, the former state House speaker. Some Democrats have been secretly pulling for Crist, who would caucus with them and help keep Democrats' majority. But Crist's transition to independent has included some political gymnastics. Democrat Kendrick Meek argues that Crist is not independent at all. Polls show Rubio leading Crist and Meek in third place. News that former President Clinton, Meek's No. 1 backer, had encouraged Meek to leave the race, was a tacit sign that Democrats feel they have a better chance with Crist, despite his past. Rubio is currently the odd-on favorite.