Tallahassee, FL - "Crist: Congratulations again, publicly, on your victory. I didn't have that experience this time, but that's all right.
Scott: You're young, you're young.
Crist: Yeah, well, God bless you!"
A victorious Rick Scott consoling the man he'll be replacing as governor.
Charlie Crist is grappling with a defeat that was practically unimaginable back when he entered the U.S. Senate race.
Crist says, "It was time to move on, and, you know, I'm happy with having made that decision, and now I am moving on - in a different sense, not to Washington, but I look forward to the future - I really do."
For the first time in two decades, Crist's future *won't* involve public office. The governor says he hasn't thought about what he'll do.
"Let's go win!"
Then there's Alex Sink, the Democratic state CFO who came within 60-thousand votes of defeating Scott. That's a lot better than her husband, Bill McBride did, when he ran against Jeb Bush eight years ago.
Mcbride says his wife may have lost, but she's anything but defeated.
McBride says, "She's so unbelievable. She just wakes up and says, 'well, I've got to go to work on Monday', so she pops on the seven o'clock plane yesterday morning and she was here. So, it's pretty hard to keep her down."
Like Crist, Sink has yet to rule out another run.
Sink says, "Fifty percent of the people who voted did vote for us, and so I feel a responsibility to be sure that those voters' voices are heard as we go forward."
For Governor Crist, a return to the political stage could happen almost overnight. During the campaign, he attracted plenty of attention for leaving the Republican party and running as an independent.
Some political strategists say Crist could now become a national voice for a more moderate brand of politics.