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Smoother Sailing For Former Governor

The political future of former Governor Charlie Crist is looking a little brighter now that a formidable opponent is no longer casting a shadow.

The Associated Press is reporting that Eric Lynn, a former senior Pentagon advisor, is dropping out of the Democratic race to represent St. Petersburg in Congress.

Crist caused a stir in political circles when he announced he was running for the seat, which was recently redrawn to favor Democrats.

Lynn says he will run instead for the state House.

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.