In Fla. Senate race, Crist's fortunes fall with end of oil spill
The worst thing that could have happened to Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's Senate bid was for BP PLC to plug its gushing oil well. First there was BP's successful "static kill" in early August. Then President Obama took a swim with his daughter Sasha in Gulf of Mexico waters off Panama City Beach to prove that the Gulf was not poisonous. Since then, media interest in the summer-long emergency began to wane -- and with it, Crist's poll numbers.