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Time for Kendrick Meek to drop out?



Meekcrist Three weeks from Election Day, the math is clear: So long as nonpartisan candidate Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek divvy up Democratic votes, Republican Marco Rubio is poised to comfortably win a U.S. Senate seat.

There is zero evidence that either Meek or Crist is remotely considering dropping out, but that's not stopping growing speculation fueled by Gov. Crist's allies. It's a sign of deep trouble for Meek that less than a week before early voting starts, the Miami congressman has to repeatedly deny talk of quitting and defend his decision to continue campaigning.

Ellie Forte, 80, is an ardent Democratic activist who had been volunteering for Meek until recently, concluding Meek can't win. "I just have a feeling that Rubio is going to win, and it scares the hell out of me. That's why I'm urging people to vote for Charlie Crist."



[Last modified: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 3:49pm]


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