McConnell: Crist 'would lose all Republican support' in independent governor run 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., made it clear Sunday that Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist would be on his own if he decides to run as an Independent for Florida's U.S. Senate seat.

CNN's Candy Crowly asked McConnell "what happens" to Crist, "as far as the Republican Party is concerned," if Crist takes that route.

Crist, once the frontrunner, is now trailing his more conservative Republican primary opponent Mark Rubio by 23 points according to an April 15 Quinnipiac poll.

McConnell responded, "Well, he would lose all Republican support if he were to run as an Independent."

McConnell stopped short of endorsing Rubio, however. He acknowledged that Rubio "is running a very effective campaign and seems to have the lead," but added, "I'm going to be there behind the Republican nominee, whoever that is."

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