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09/20/2013 03:37 pm ET

Alex Sink Decides Against Running For Florida Governor

AP

Democrat Alex Sink, a 2010 Florida gubernatorial candidate, said Friday she wouldn't run for governor, removing an obstacle for a potential comeback run for former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.

She announced her plans to the Associated Press. The prospect of running became less appealing after the death last year of her husband, 2002 gubernatorial nominee Bill McBride, said Sink.

She previously described a potential run in 2014 by Crist as "a disaster." Crist has not made an official announcement, but the former Republican governor who became an independent, then a Democrat, is widely expected to run.

Sink narrowly lost to the tea party-backed Gov. Rick Scott (R) in 2010. Scott has faced low approval ratings throughout his term as governor, but they improved to 43 percent in June.

Former state Sen. Nan Rich (D) already has announced that she will run, but faces low statewide name recognition compared to Crist.

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