Nikki Fried Accuses Charlie Crist of Backing Out of Miami Democrat Debate in Bid to Face DeSantis

April 25, 2022 Updated 3:58 PM ET

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April 25, 2022 Updated 3:54 P.M. ET

FORT MYERS (FLV) – Democrat candidates for governor Nikki Fried, the current Agriculture Commissioner, and U.S. Representative Charlie Crist are fighting over who will win the nomination to face Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in November.

The Nikki Fried campaign called out her main primary opponent for allegedly not attending a gubernatorial forum in Miami. Fried last week called for five televised debates with Crist. 

Fried called for the debates as her fundraising numbers continue to lag behind Crist. 

Campaign finance numbers show Fried raised $259,000 in March and her associated committee, Florida Consumers First, raised about $179,000. Charlie Crist raised $586,000 while the committee, Friends of Charlie Crist, raised $463,000. 

Contribution reports show Gov. Ron DeSantis raised $1.2 million and his committee raised about $3 million in March. 

Both Crist and Fried have come out against the recent legislation that the Governor has signed. Both Democrats are pro-abortion and are opponents of the Parental Rights in Education Law. 

Earlier this year the University of North Florida asked Democrats in a poll who they would vote for in the primary. The top candidate was Charlie Crist with 27% followed by Nikki Fried with 19%.

The primary election will take place Aug. 23, 2022. 

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