Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuño to withdraw endorsement if Crist leaves GOP 

Luis Fortuño, governor of Puerto Rico, was asked by the Examiner whether he will withdraw his endorsement of Florida Governor Charlie Crist if he leaves the GOP to run for Senate.

His answer? “Definitely.”

Crist is widely expected to announce an independent bid for Senate later today.

Fortuño was in Washington, D.C. today to discuss a non-binding referendum on Puerto Rican statehood currently being considered by Congress. Fortuño had previously endorsed Crist in his Senate race, saying “He is a leader of solid conservative principles and will continue to serve the state of Florida with great distinction.”

The endorsement is still on Crist’s campaign website.

Earlier today, Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Nev., and Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., also told the Examiner they could withdraw their endorsements of Crist if he leaves the Republican party. GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also told Fox News’ Chris Wallace on Sunday that he would reconsider his support if Crist left the party.

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