ABC News’ David Chalian Reports: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is quickly approaching a crossroads in his bid to be the Republican nominee in the race for Florida’s U.S. Senate seat. Will he continue to face-off fellow Republican former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, or file and run as an Independent? Some politicos are becoming convinced he may drop out of the race completely.
The Rubio campaign today highlighted what it says is a sign Crist’s days as a Republican Senatorial candidate nominee may be waning: the Crist campaign’s cancellation of some reserved TV ad time in several Florida markets. According to the Rubio camp’s look at their opponent’s reserved ad time, Crist was supposed to be on the air in Tampa and Orlando markets through April 25. The Crist campaign won’t confirm or deny the cancellation. “We don’t comment on campaign tactics,” a Crist campaign spokeswoman told ABC News. “Like any campaign, our television buy is constantly being adjusted and shifted. All of the Rubio campaign staffers who are focused on the Crist campaign should consider turning their attention to helping Marco with his tax returns. He clearly needs helps with numbers.” This is just the latest development in what has become “CRIST WATCH 2010.” Crist is currently still running in what seems to be an increasingly un-winnable GOP primary against Rubio. Earlier today, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is endorsing Rubio in the race, challenged Crist to declare his intentions, either stay in the race or step aside and support Rubio. Flordia’s primary filing deadline is April 30, so Crist’s intentions will soon become clear.