Kendrick Meek Wins Dems' Primary in Florida

He'll face Rubio, Crist for Senate
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 24, 2010 7:28 PM CDT
Kendrick Meek Wins Dems' Primary in Florida
Marco Rubio will be the GOP candidate for Senate in Florida.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Rep. Kendrick Meek is the Democratic nominee for Senate in Florida, overcoming billionaire Jeff Greene's massive television and mail onslaught to win a bitter primary. If he wins again in November, Meek will be the state's first black senator. He will face Republican Marco Rubio, a Tea Party favorite who won easily today against token opposition, and Gov. Charlie Crist (running as an independent) in November.

Meek was outspent by an estimated 5-to-1 ratio and at one point fell behind in the polls after Greene entered the race on the last possible day and began flooding the state with television ads. The race was often nasty, with Greene calling Meek corrupt and Meek saying Greene bet against Floridians when he made investments that earned him hundreds of millions of dollars when the housing market collapsed. (More Marco Rubio stories.)

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