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Crist gets help from group founded by Giffords

October 30, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Democrat Charlie Crist is getting some last-minute financial help from a group founded by former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords and retired astronaut Mark Kelly.

Campaign finance records show Americans for Responsible Solutions on Tuesday gave $100,000 to a political committee backing Crist. Giffords was shot in the head during a January 2011 shooting that killed six and left 13 injured. She is now partially paralyzed and struggles with speech.

Since the shooting Giffords has become the face of the gun control movement in the United States.

While a Republican Crist consistently earned high marks from gun rights organizations. Now running as a Democrat Crist says he’s open to changing gun laws.

The National Rifle Association is backing incumbent Gov. Rick Scott.

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