Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (left) and entertainer Jimmy Buffett walk along Pensacola Beach, where Buffett plans to open a new hotel. Michael Spooneybarger/AP hide caption

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Visitors enter The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum in Key West, Fla. Even though the recession has pushed home prices down, there's still an acute shortage of affordable housing in this resort town. Rob O'Neal/AP/Florida Keys News Bureau hide caption

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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist speaks to students and teachers April 23 during a visit to the McFatter Technical Center in Davie, Fla. Crist is expected to announce Thursday whether he'll abandon his bid for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate and instead run as an independent. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican, has told advisers he will run for Senate as an independent, setting up a three-way race that polls indicate would be hotly contested. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist appear on the stage at a Fort Myers, Fla., town hall meeting in February 2009. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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A Haitian vendor walks past a collapsed building in Jacmel on Tuesday, a week after the country was shattered by a massive magnitude-7 earthquake. The Haitian government said 70,000 bodies had been buried in mass graves since the quake flattened much of the impoverished Caribbean nation, triggering a massive humanitarian crisis. Officials fear the eventual death toll could top 200,000. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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