Crist Loses Support of Diaz-Balarts
When contacted Tuesday, Lincoln Diaz-Balart’s office declined to provide further details about the move and instead pointed to somewhat cryptic statement the Congressman provided to the Miami Herald.
“We take our endorsements seriously, but the governor knows why we withdrew and he left us with no alternative,” the Congressman told the Florida Newspaper.
Crist, who has the support of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is facing former state House Speaker Marco Rubio in the GOP primary next year. Rubio is running to the right of Crist and has worked to paint the governor as a moderate who is out of touch with his party. In recent months Rubio has become a darling of conservative leaders like South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint (R). Florida GOP Reps. Jeff Miller and Ginny Brown-Waite have endorsed Rubio.
CQPolitics currently rates this general election contest as Likely Republican.