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Crist begins statewide flyaround

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Gov. Charlie Crist boarded a five seat King Air plane at Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg a little before 8:30 a.m. for a day long statewide flyaround. Wearing jeans and a navy blue polo shirt, Crist kicked off his shoes after the flight took off and read the morning papers during the first leg of the flight to Pensacola.

Hoarse from campaigning, Crist sucked on Halls cough drops, read the morning papers and gave the reporters and his campaign aide on board a guided tour of the Florida landscape.

He asked about the weather expected for Election Day. The higher the turnout, the better: "Democracy is a wonderful thing," Crist said.

Crist also made a little news during the morning flight, saying he will remain a registered no party independent regardless of who he caucuses with if elected to the U.S. Senate.