2014-08-27T024627Z_1_LYNXMPEA7Q01X_RTROPTP_2_USA-POLITICS-FLORIDA

Primary reveals Democrat Crist's weak spots in Florida governor's race

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist waves after meeting supporters outside the North Miami Public Library in MiamiBy Letitia Stein TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) – Florida voters handed Charlie Crist his first victory as a Democrat in Tuesday’s primary election for governor, while also exposing weaknesses in his nationally watched bid to take back the job he once held as a Republican. Crist won almost 75 percent of Democratic votes in a widely expected defeat of a primary challenger. Some of the lowest levels afflicted the Democratic base in south Florida. Republican enthusiasm outpaced the Democratic showing in the critical swing region in the central part of the state, said Susan MacManus, a political science professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

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