Crist Could Gain Seniority Edge

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Today’s resignation of Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) doesn’t really change the dynamics of next year’s U.S. Senate race because Gov. Charlie Crist (R) remains the runaway favorite in the race.

However, because Crist can choose a friendly placeholder for the seat, it’s highly likely he could take the seat shortly after the November 2010 election — giving him an advantage in seniority over the majority of new senators who will not take their seats until January 2011.

Crist told the AP he would not appoint himself.

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