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Kendrick Meek raises another $797K



The Democratic Senate candidate wouldn't release the most important number, cash on hand, but his campaign said the money came from more than 2,190 people, at least 1,500 of them in Florida, and $32,000 in online donations. Meek also touted an internal poll by the Feldman Group that he said shows Charlie Crist's vulnerability.

According to that Sept. 23-28 poll of 800 likely Florida voters, only only 47 percent of voters believe Crist is doing a good or excellent job (compared to 51 percent for Barack Obama) and 27 percent of voters say they are certain to vote for Charlie Crist on election day.

"That says not only to my supporters but to donors that Florida is very winnable," said Meek, who was very ticked off about this story about doubts about Meek's candidacy. After hearing him out, we acknowledge the room he addressed Saturday at Disney world was not half empty, but half full. And that in fact Meek was competing with the resort's lunch offerings when he spoke.

The poll also found that of the one in four voters familiar with both Crist and Meek, Meek was winning 45 percent to 43 percent. That margin of error would be huge, thought, and it's worth reminding everybody to be skeptical of selectively released internal poll results. It's been awhile since we've seen credible polling in the race - and Crist has had some bad press of late - but no public or independent poll mirrors his numbers yet.

"You're going to see it in the polls,'' Meek predicted. "You're going to see the governor's numbers go down, and you're going to see my numbers go up."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:22pm]


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