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Crist calls out DeSantis after securing Democratic nomination for governor

SAINT PETERSBURG, Fla. — Less than 24 hours after securing the Democratic nomination for governor, Charlie Crist was on the campaign trail Wednesday, meeting with voters in his home city of Saint Petersburg.

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Crist was full of energy as he spoke during his campaign stop after securing the nomination.

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Crist went directly after Gov. Ron DeSantis and what he calls DeSantis’ “anti-freedom” record.

Photos: Crist calls out DeSantis after securing Democratic nomination for governor

Meeting with supporters at a coffee shop, Crist walked from table to table shaking hands.

The night before, Crist secured a landslide victory in the Democratic primary, defeating commissioner of agriculture Nikki Fried by more than 20 points.

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Crist hammered DeSantis on Florida’s skyrocketing cost of living, failing homeowners insurance market, and what he called DeSantis’ extreme anti-choice views.

“He signed the bill, the 15-week bill, and it is so awful that it does not include any exceptions for rape or incest; that’s barbaric,” Crist said.

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Crist also acknowledged that he is entering this race as an underdog both in polling and in fundraising, saying he believes he can build a coalition to win.

He also hinted an announcement on a running mate for lieutenant governor will be coming soon.

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