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Crist Dropping Out; Running With No Party Affiliation

WASHINGTON—Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, determining he cannot win the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, has decided to exit the race and run instead in the general election without a party affiliation, according to two advisers.

The governor has scheduled a formal announcement for 5 p.m. Thursday at a waterfront park in his hometown of St. Petersburg, Fla.

A campaign official declined Wednesday afternoon to discuss Mr. Crist’s plans.

The advisers, both of whom said they spoke with Mr. Crist Tuesday night, said the governor was also planning a major fund-raiser for Sunday in Miami to try to keep most of his big donors from fleeing the campaign.

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