President Clinton will campaign today in South Florida on behalf of Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Fla. Meek is coming off some decidedly better poll numbers in his race against billionaire Jeff Greene for the Democratic Senate nomination and says that Clinton’s appearances in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade “will help bring about clarity” in a race in which he’s long tried to argue he’s the only true Democrat.
One person who can’t be excited about Meek’s surge is Florida’s Republican governor, Charlie Crist, currently running as an independent in the Senate race.
If Meek beats out Greene in the primary, the new Mason-Dixon poll shows him stealing votes away from Crist in the general election — and paving the way for Republican nominee Marco Rubio to win it all.
Of course, three-way races are remarkably volatile, and Crist’s fortune depends on how many voters he can steal from both parties. Right now he’s having an easier time with Democrats, who think he’s the best shot to keep the Senate seat from going to Rubio. Republicans, for their part, are still fuming over Crist’s change of party affiliation, but they may come back around if Rubio proves himself too inexperienced or too radical as the general heats up.