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Nan Rich qualifies to run for governor

Count former state Sen. Nan Rich in the race for Florida governor.

Rich, a Weston Democrat, filed her qualifying paperwork Tuesday. She was joined by a dozen supporters at the Department of State office in Tallahassee.

Rich will face former Gov. Charlie Crist in the Democratic primary on August 26. She is widely considered the underdog in the race, having raised only a fraction of the money Crist has raised for his campaign.

"Any election to me is a challenge once someone else's name is on the ballot, too," Rich told reporters Tuesday. "We feel we have the right message. People really are looking at going forward not backward."

Rich has branded herself as the only "true Democrat" in the election. Crist started his political career as a Republican. He became a Democrat in 2012.