To take on the herculean task of challenging Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis this fall

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 Florida Democrats are going with someone familiar over "something new."

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 For the second time in eight years, Democratic voters will elect Charlie Crist as their nominee for governor

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 CNN projects, choosing the seasoned veteran over Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried,

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  who was vying to become the state's first female governor. Crist now has just 11 weeks to unite his party

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 energize the Democratic base and convince independent voters that the state needs a new direction.

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 The stakes for Democrats are high, and not just in Florida, where DeSantis has already pushed through an aggressively conservative agenda

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 and has vowed a second term will bring more restrictions on abortion and fewer on guns. National Democrats are also looking for Crist to slow DeSantis

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 one of the Republican Party's most-recognizable figures, before an anticipated campaign for the White House in 2024.

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 "This guy wants to be President of the United States of America," Crist said in his victory speech. "However, when we defeat him on November 8, that show is over."