Charlie Crist is poised to leap into the great unknown.
Because if, as widely expected, he runs for the U.S. Senate as an unaffiliated, independent candidate, all the long-held political assumptions about America's biggest battleground state are out the window.
Is the path to victory once again the swing-voter swath in the I-4 corridor? Not necessarily.
Does a race pitting two Republicans against one Democrat help the Democrat in a state with more registered Democrats? Don't count on it.
Florida elections are decided in the middle, so wouldn't that bode well for Crist? No one knows.
``The fact that the Democrats don't have an overwhelming candidate and the fact that [Republican Marco] Rubio has run so far to the right as the Tea Party candidate, allows Charlie a window, albeit a small one,'' said Democratic consultant Bob Buckhorn of Tampa. ``It's a very small window and it's an unprecedented strategy, but I don't see that he has any other way.''