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Former Gov. Charlie Crist Goes To Congress

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) -- Florida voters on Tuesday sent former governor Charlie Crist to Congress.

Charlie Crist, a former one-term Republican governor who lost the 2014 governor's race as a Democrat, defeated U.S. Rep. David Jolly, an Indian Shores Republican, in the redrawn Congressional District 13, which is centered on Crist's hometown of St. Petersburg.

Crist edged Jolly, who was first elected to Congress in a special election in 2014 and flirted with a U.S. Senate bid earlier this year, by nearly 13,000 votes, or a 52-48 percent difference in a district that favored a Democratic candidate.

Crist's victory revived a political career that had stalled after a loss as an independent candidate in the 2010 U.S. Senate race, followed by his narrow loss to Gov. Rick Scott in 2014.

"The News Service of Florida contributed to this report."

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