David Yates Sep. 2, 2014, 1:39pm

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) – Trailing in the polls and in cash raised, former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, who is now running as a Democrat, is turning to former President Bill Clinton to give his campaign a boost.

Crist won his party’s nomination on Aug. 26 and will face GOP Gov. Rick Scott in the general election.

On Saturday, Crist announced Clinton would be lending his support to his campaign.

“I’m over the moon about this,” Crist said in his announcement. “President Bill Clinton will be joining us in Miami on Friday (Sept. 5) to kick off the final two months of this campaign.”

Crist supporters can RSVP for the speaking engagement at Miami’s J.W. Marriott Marquis on the candidate’s website.

“President Clinton’s been fighting on the front lines for years on the issues we care about: equal pay for women, raising the minimum wage, expanding health care to everyone who needs it, and making sure that everyone has a fair shot at success,” Crist said.

“He’s better than anyone at explaining why what we’re doing matters. I’m looking forward to kicking off the final two months of this campaign with him.”

Throughout the past year, Crist has steadily lost ground to Scott in the polls.

A recent SurveyUSA poll showed that voters favored Scott over Crist by a 44-41 percent margin.

Crist also trails financially, with more than $23 million in contributions raised, compared to Scott’s total of more than $67 million, campaign finance records show.

Reach David Yates at elections@legalnewsline.com

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