Published: Dec 08, 2012 9:51 PM EST
Updated: Dec 09, 2012 12:01 AM EST

FORT MYERS-Fla.-Charlie Crist could make history as the first person to run for florida governor as a republican and as a democrat.

Florida republicans have already said they will be extra motivated to re-elect Governor Rick Scott if his opponent turns out to be Crist.

Political analyst Ben Polk sheds some light on what this could mean for the future of Florida's political landscape. 
"Although Scott's approval rating is in the high 30's the democrats have not captured a name that they felt was strong enough to overcome the governorship- so Crist is self promoting."

Crist left the GOP during his 2010 run for Senate. He spent more than two years as an independent before officially switching to a democrat Friday.

Florida politicians have been anticipating this switch for sometime, especially after Crist hugged President Barack Obama at a Fort Myers event in 2009.    

We asked local republicans and democrats what they thought about the 56-year old's party switch.

Ron Cooper said, "He is a maniac. I never liked the guy. He is two faced."

Bill Buckner said, " I believe he is seeing the light. It is a plus for the country."