Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried will challenge Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) in the Democrat primary for an opportunity to run against Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), state records show.
Fried has not officially announced her campaign but has filed her paperwork with the state to run.
Nikki Fried files to run against Charlie Crist in Dem primary for FL governor pic.twitter.com/ByksprvCoB
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Democrat maneuvering within the state likely influenced Fried to run against Crist, a once upon a time Republican Florida governor turned independent, turned Democrat.
Fried as the Commissioner of Agriculture is a statewide elected official, the only current Democrat elected statewide.
Depending on who wins the Democrat primary, the winner will face DeSantis who has an April approval rating of 55-40 percent, a two percent increase from February.
DeSantis also raised almost $14 million in April alone, which was