Crist announced Tuesday that he will be entering the Florida 2022 race for governor, joining a potentially tough and crowded Democratic primary in a pivotal swing state.
Republican incumbent Ron DeSantis has not yet formally announced whether he’ll be running for a second term as governor.
Crist’s gubernatorial campaign leaves his seat in Florida’s 13th Congressional District open and vulnerable to another Republican pickup at a time when Democrats have a slim majority in the House of Representatives.
In a video announcing his run, Crist attacked DeSantis for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in Florida, seizing on the governor’s move to set up Covid-19 vaccination clinics in upscale communities. He also accused DeSantis of “stripping away your voting rights” and not believing in gun background checks.
Crist plans to deliver a speech later Tuesday in his hometown of St. Petersburg.
Other Democratic candidates eying entering the gubernatorial race are state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and Democratic Rep. Val Demings.
Demings on Tuesday teased a likely announcement of a 2022 bid for governor, sharing a video on Twitter highlighting her record with the caption “ready for the moment.”