Democrat Kendrick Meek says he'll stay in the three-way Florida Senate race, but the Clinton-Meek saga is a PR nightmare for the party.
The idea was to clear the way to allow the Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist to go head-to-head against Republican Marco Rubio, who leads in polls. Presumably, if the gambit proved successful, a Senator Crist would caucus with the Democrats, giving them extra insurance against losing control of the Senate.
A Quinnipiac poll released Thursday showed Congressman Meek with only 15 percent, Governor Crist at 35 percent, and former state House Speaker Rubio at 42 percent. Crist would need only half of the Meek vote to top Rubio.
Since the story broke Thursday night, Meek has acknowledged the conversation with the former president, though he says it’s not true that he agreed to drop out (twice) and then changed his mind, as Politico reported. Crist has also said the story is true, and that he had been informed by “people very close to President Clinton,” as Crist put it on MSNBC.
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