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Charlie Crist, Kendrick Meek vie to be main alternative to Marco Rubio



TAMPA — It's approaching do-or-die time for Charlie Crist and Kendrick Meek.

To have any shot at prevailing in Florida's unprecedented three-way U.S. Senate race, Crist needs to marginalize Democratic nominee Meek, who in turn needs to knock down lingering perceptions that he can't win.

"The next 10 days are critical for Kendrick Meek because he really has to show Democrats in this state and in Washington in particular that he has a shot, that he's a viable candidate who can win,'' said Republican consultant John Wehrung. "There's a blinking red light in the corner of Kendrick Meek's eye warning him that Charlie Crist is stealing all his Democrats, and he needs to find a way to get them back, like now."

It may be Florida's first statewide race featuring three serious contenders, but at this stage Republican nominee Marco Rubio, 39, can largely float above the fray while independent Crist, 54, and Democrat Meek, 44, vie to be the main alternative to Rubio. Crist is banking on winning strong support from Democratic voters, largely with a simple message: "I can win."

That implies, of course, that Meek can't. (story here)


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:27am]


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