Miami Rep. Kendrick Meek, who is running against billionaire Jeff Greene for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Florida, has released his first television ad in the campaign. Meek, who is little-known outside Miami and even among 48 percent of Democratic voters according to a recent poll, has waited to run ads since his campaign began in January 2009, while the largely self-funded Greene began running ads in May.

The ad barely mentions Meek and instead attacks Greene for making his fortune in credit-default swaps. Two polls in the primary have shown a close race, but most voters remain undecided. The Florida primary is on Aug. 24.

The ad:

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