October 28th, 2010
07:00 PM ET

Clinton asked Meek to drop out

CNN Political Unit

(CNN) – Former President Bill Clinton last week tried to persuade Florida Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek to drop out of the three-way contest, according to a report by Politico that was confirmed by CNN.

A senior Democratic official told CNN that the White House was aware of Clinton’s negotiations, and that Democrats believed the move would prevent Republican candidate Marco Rubio from winning the Florida Senate seat.

As part of the deal, Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist would then caucus with Democrats in the Senate. Meek was considering the option until two days ago, but the deal eventually fell apart, according to the source.

Another Democratic source familiar with the talks said there was concern about push back in the African American community if Meek dropped out.

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  1. Annie Kate

    Unless Crist is polling stronger than Meek, it sounds more like Crist should drop out – he lost the primary so is running independent and is the one that will split the vote.

    October 28, 2010 at 9:32 pm |