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Newsom Pledges $100,000 To DeSantis Rival Charlie Crist

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist speaks to the media Wednesday, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Crist won the Democratic nomination for governor in Florida, putting him in a position to challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis this fall. (Jefferee Woo / The Associated Press)
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist speaks to the media Wednesday, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Crist won the Democratic nomination for governor in Florida, putting him in a position to challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis this fall. (Jefferee Woo / The Associated Press)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom pledged money to Rep. Charlie Crist’s effort to defeat Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in November, the latest chapter in a feud between two politicians seen as likely future presidential contenders.

Crist, who switched parties after serving as a Republican governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011, faces what is likely to be a difficult contest against DeSantis in an increasingly red state. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report has ranked the race as “likely Republican,” while a recent survey by the Public Opinion Research Lab at the University of North Florida, conducted before Tuesday’s primary election, found DeSantis leading Crist 50% to 42%.

Newsom has recently sought to raise his national profile, prompting speculation about his own ambitions.

In a tweet on Thursday, Newsom wrote, “Time to make Ron DeSantis a one-term governor.”

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