Sunday, October 03, 2010

Can Crist Convince Voters Only He Can Beat 'Radical Right' Rubio?

The St. Petersburg Times' Adam Smith asks:

Where's the Meek mo?

A month ago, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick Meek predicted that if he beat billionaire Jeff Greene for the Democratic nomination, he'd ride a wave of momentum and national attention toward victory in November.

It hasn't happened. In poll after poll the Miami Democrat appears stuck in the low 20s and in some cases with less than 20 percent support. He and Republican Marco Rubio have succeeded in dragging down independent candidate Charlie Crist's support, but the only result has been to give Rubio a comfortable double-digit lead.

The election is a month away, Meek presumably has little money left, and he has yet to alleviate widespread doubts about his viability. Very soon, Democrats will have to ask themselves how badly they want to beat Rubio and who has a shot at doing that, former Republican Crist or lifelong Democrat Meek.

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