Democrat maneuvering within the state likely influenced Fried to run against Crist, a once upon a time Republican Florida governor turned independent, turned Democrat.
Fried as the Commissioner of Agriculture is a statewide elected official, the only current Democrat elected statewide.
Depending on who wins the Democrat primary, the winner will face DeSantis who has an April approval rating of 55-40 percent, a two percent increase from February.
DeSantis also raised almost $14 million in April alone, which was his greatest fundraising month since his 2018 campaign.
Fried’s decision to run against Crist instead of Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), who intends on challenging Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for Senate, is perhaps a show of deference to Demings, a party favorite being the former police chief of Orlando and an impeachment manager of former President Trump.
Demings was also boosted when Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) changed her mind on challenging Demings in the Senate primary. Instead, Murphy will attempt to keep her seat in a difficult reelection bid due to redistricting.