October 28th, 2010
08:50 PM ET

Meek says he's staying in Senate race

[Updated at 10:35 p.m.] Florida's Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate said Thursday night that he was staying in the race and called earlier reports that he was asked to drop out "inaccurate at best."

[Original post] Former President Bill Clinton last week tried to persuade Florida Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek to drop out of the three-way contest, according to a report by Politico that was confirmed by CNN.

A senior Democratic official told CNN that the White House was aware of Clinton’s negotiations, and that Democrats believed the move would prevent Republican candidate Marco Rubio from winning the Florida Senate seat.

As part of the deal, Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist would then caucus with Democrats in the Senate. Meek was considering the option until two days ago, but the deal eventually fell apart, according to the source.

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  1. Lisababy

    Jim the collapse started in the final years of shrubs presidential reign of terror the only people with job security during that time was servicemen sent to war by bush to fight the war that wouldnt have happened if bushwhacker hadnt been elected in the first place all the downward spiral was going on while the shrub just sat there watching the country go flying in his handbasket towards hell name one thing shrub did to stop or even slow the unemployment rate in the last 2 years of his stolen second term lets talk about that mr brieske what did he do with JEB down in florida to win and i use that word very loosely in florida President Obama took control of a freight train out of control even Mr Mcain was visibly relieved to see Mr Obama get stuck with the freakin hellacious mess bushwhacker left behind wake up and open your eyes the rePUBELICKans and yes i meant to spell it that way are for themselves and if meek cant see past his own power trip then hes undermining his own party dems beware of meek

    October 30, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
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