U.S. Representative Kendrick Meek is heading for a three-way Senate race in Florida in November with Republican Marco Rubio and Governor Charlie Crist, who’s running as an independent. First, Democrat Meek has to get past a billionaire real estate investor in his party’s primary.
A three-way race for an open U.S. Senate seat in Florida will test the ability of a popular governor running as an independent to overcome Republican and Democratic rivals in a campaign that will help determine which party controls the Senate.
Four years ago, when Charlie Crist campaigned for governor in the gated villages of southeast Florida, he boasted that he expected to win two terms. By 2008, he was touring those retirement communities with Republican presidential candidate John McCain as a rising star in the party under consideration for a vice presidential bid.