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Meek Hits Crist

September 30, 2010    Content provided by DDC Advocacy

The Florida Senate race continues to unfold as one of the most interesting three-way political campaigns of all time. Right now, polling suggests that Republican Marco Rubio has a significant lead over Republican-turned-Independent Gov. Charlie Crist and Democratic nominee, Miami Congressman Kendrick Meek. Crist led for the two months preceding the Democratic primary, and then the tables turned. Now that Representative Meek is becoming better known statewide, a large segment of the Crist Democratic vote is beginning to return home. Thus, as Meek gains support Crist loses it, while Rubio continues to unify conservatives and tick upward. Therefore, in order to position himself with a chance to win, Meek must first overtake Crist and hope for a roughly even split among the three candidates. Theoretically, such a mix could elect a Democrat against a Republican and former Republican.

The Congressman began his attack on the Governor this week and attempts to sabotage him by portraying him as being too conservative for the Democratic base. Crist has moved decidedly leftward in this race, understanding that he cannot attract the GOP base vote. Meek's latest ad is obviously targeted to the Democratic base vote and features Crist, in his own voice, supporting then-President Bush, responding positively to Sarah Palin's VP acceptance speech, and informing voters that--on film from the previous Governor's race--"...its important to for people to understand who the true conservative is in this race, and it's Charlie Crist." Expect a growing number of Democrats to be heading back Kendrick Meek's way.

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