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Kendrick Meek?…..

Ok…I ‘ve been pushing Meek in the Florida Senate race for sometime…

I always thought Rubio running right made things reachable for Meek…..

And I have to listen to Daniel about Rubio…. all the time…

With Crist going Indie….. what can I expect?


Mark Blumenthal over @ Pollester.Com has me smiling ……a little Bit…….

Why doesn’t Kendrick Meek get more respect?

For the last few months, when talk turns to Florida, political pundits have focused on the meteoric rise of Marco Rubio over Charlie Crist in the state’s Republican primary for Senate. And today, with a new poll from Quinnipiac University showing Rubio opening up “an elephant sized 56-33 lead” over Crist, the commentariat seems more taken with the possibility of Crist running as an independent. The same survey shows Crist with a not-quite-statistically-significant 32% to 30% lead over Rubio in a three-way race with Meek, trailing at 24%.

But largely lost in this discussion are two important findings: First, in the most likely match-up for the fall, Quinnipiac shows Rubio leading Kendrick Meek by just six percentage points (42% to 38%). That’s roughly the same margin as on the current trend estimate on our chart (43.7% to 38.5%). By that measure, Meek currently runs closer to his likely Republican opponent than do incumbent Democratic Senators Reid (NV), Lincoln (AR), and Specter (PA).


Second, only about a quarter (26%) of the Florida voters surveyed by Quinnipiac currently know Meek well enough to rate him — 18% rate him favorably, 8% unfavorably. Rubio is better known (58% can rate him), but Meek has far more room to grow, and Rubio’s negatives are growing (36% favorable, 22% unfavorable). With four more months of a bruising primary battle still to come, that trend is likely to continue.

Consider some other factors that have gone largely unrecognized: Meek has so far raised a not-insignificant amount of money ($4.6 million as of December), and his campaign pulled off a bit of anhistoric first by qualifying for the ballot by collecting over 140,000 petitions rather than paying a $10,000 fee,

And then there is this potential wild card: Meek can make far bigger history by being the first African American elected Senator in Florida (and in the South since Reconstruction)…….


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  1. The reason why Meek isn’t getting any respect is because he’s UNKNOWN outisde his CD and folks across the entire state don’t know who US Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) is unlike the Fords of TN when Harold Ford, Jr., ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate in 2006.

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | April 30, 2010 | Reply

    • That is going to change…..

      Comment by jamesb101 | April 30, 2010 | Reply

  2. James B, you forgot to mention Georgia Labor Commissioner Mike Thurmond (D) possibly being the 2nd African American elected US Senator from the South since Reconstruction.

    2010 will be an interesting considering African Americans seeking statewide offices:

    US Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL) running for Governor of AL.

    Georgia Labor Commissioner Mike Thurmond (D-elected statewide 3 times) running for the United States Senate.

    US Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) running for the United States Senate, but he needs Bill Clinton’s help in fundraising efforts, etc.,

    San Francisco County DA Kamala Harris (D) running for California State Attorney General.

    Georgia State Attorney General Thurbert Baker (D) running in the Democratic primary for Georgia Governor, likely to lose the nomination badly come mid-July.

    Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) seeking re-election to an unprecedented 2nd four-year term.

    Comment by Conservative Democrat | April 30, 2010 | Reply

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