Clinton Urged Democratic Florida Candidate Meek to Drop Out of Senate Race
October 29, 2010
(ChattahBox U.S. News) – Last week, Bill Clinton stumped around Florida on behalf of Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek. And then he told Meek to drop out of the race to make room for independent candidate Charlie Crist, the Washington Post reports.
Clinton spokesman Matt McKenna confirmed yesterday that the former president told his longtime friend Meek that he could be more impactful if he dropped out of the Senate race and endorsed Crist, who is leading him in the polls. Concern among Democrats is that competition between Crist and Meek may create a split vote issue, allowing Republican candidate Marco Rubio’s lead to strengthen even more than it already has. Currently, Meek is a distant third behind Rubio and Crist, the Post reports. Recent polls show that most Meek supporters have indicated that they would support Crist if Meek left the race.
Although McKenna said that Meek considered taking Clinton’s advice, Meek asserted that he has never considered dropping out of the race and is continuing his quest to become the first African-American elected statewide in Florida, the Post indicates.