party-of-one: WEDGEFIELD, Fla. - At the end of a long day of campaigning, Florida governor Charlie Crist talked to a family outside of a gas station near Orlando. Crist was once talked about as a Republican who would be seen on a national stage. Declining to seek reelection as governor, he chose to run for a vacant United States Senate seat. When it became clear that he could not beat Republican front runner Marco Rubio in the primaries, he chose to run as an independent. During the last days of his senate campaign, the once enormously popular governor struggled to draw large crowds wherever he went.