TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) - Former state Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich qualified Tuesday to run for governor, cementing a Democratic primary contest against former Gov. Charlie Crist.
Rich issued a statement after qualifying that lumped together Crist with Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Scott.
Crist was a Republican when he was elected governor in 2006 and ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010 as an independent before becoming a Democrat.
"For the past eight years, Republican governors Rick Scott and Charlie Crist and the right-wing Republican leadership in the Legislature have taken Florida down the wrong path,'' Rich said. "It's time we changed direction. I believe it's time Florida had a genuine progressive governor again. And, this year, I am the only genuine progressive Democrat running."
Crist holds a huge fundraising edge over Rich, who served in the House from 2000 to 2004 and in the Senate from 2004 to 2012. Qualifying for this year's state races started Monday and will end at noon Friday.
Crist and Scott qualified Monday.
The primary will be held Aug. 26.
"The News Service of Florida contributed to this report."
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