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A Florida Double Crist? (Rumor of Meek pulling out)
WSJ ^ | 10/8/10 | Stephen Moore

Posted on 10/08/2010 3:20:36 PM PDT by lovesdogs

TAMPA -- Republican leaders in the Sunshine State are fretting that a deal may be in the works to get Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek out of the Florida Senate race in order to boost Charlie Crist's flagging chances of beating Republican Marco Rubio.

Across the state, groups such as Palm Beach Democrats for Crist and Tampa Democrats for Crist are emerging. Republican fears are further stoked by the almost universal acknowledgment that Mr. Meek has almost no chance to win. Statewide polling has his support in the teens and falling. His money coffers are all but dry. Democrats had hoped that when Mr. Crist abandoned the GOP for an independent run, it would split the Republican vote and propel Mr. Meek into the winner's circle. With four weeks to go, no one believes that now. Mr. Meek, who is African-American, polls strongly only with black voters.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: 2010
Meek insists that he will not leave the race. And Crist refuses to say with which side he would caucus. This makes a pretty little pickle for the dems. Blacks would be furious if Meek is strong armed out of the race and thus affect many other races in the state. But if he stays in the race, they almost certainly lose the senate seat they so covet.
1 posted on 10/08/2010 3:20:39 PM PDT by lovesdogs
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To: lovesdogs

And again the Dems slap the black man across the face....


2 posted on 10/08/2010 3:23:04 PM PDT by IGOTMINE (1911s FOREVER!)
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To: lovesdogs
Mr. Meek, who is African-American, polls strongly only with black voters.

Which says a lot for the reasoning ability of black voters. Jezz, what a bunch of ignorant racists. Perfect sheep for the liberal fascists.

3 posted on 10/08/2010 3:24:34 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s, you weren't really there.)
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To: lovesdogs

Obama will not let Meek get kicked out of the race. Actually, the entire DNC would be up in arms over that one because it would symbolically give Florida to the Republicans to carve up as they wish, while destroying the state Democrat party.


4 posted on 10/08/2010 3:24:36 PM PDT by muawiyah ("GIT OUT THE WAY" The Republicans are coming)
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To: IGOTMINE

Meek will not drop out because if he does then it drives black turnout down to nothing and cost the Democrats any hope of winning the Governor’s race. Meek pulling out simply takes his few votes home and doesn’t improve Crist’s chances at all. IMHO.


5 posted on 10/08/2010 3:25:56 PM PDT by Patrick1 (I'm a soldier of good fortune, I'm guarding the Yucatan.)
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To: lovesdogs
I don't think this will work. Rubio had 47% in the latest poll but Crist & Meek combined had 48% so this presumes that every Meek voter will switch to Crist. I'm sure a certain percentage of Meek supporters will prefer to not vote or choose another third party candidate.

Plus, a lot of Dem voters are "ticket" voters, meaning they don't go down the row and choose every Democrat. They choose the spot that says "vote the Democrat Party ticket" which will NOT include Crist. So there will be a lot of Dems will not vote at all in the race if there is no Democrat to vote for.

Meanwhile, the Democrats risk alienating black voters with this sort of trick and I'm sure a few have hard feelings from this or that decision that Crist made as governor and will hold that against him.

So, just like the Castle write-in threat, I say "just go ahead and try it". It won't work.

6 posted on 10/08/2010 3:29:33 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Washington, we Texans want a divorce!)
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To: lovesdogs

‘Skunk’ Crist will not get Republican votes. Meek dropping out would supress the Black vote. Rubio has it in the bag.


7 posted on 10/08/2010 3:30:03 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (counter revolutionary)
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To: lovesdogs

Very interesting dynamics. It’s noteworthy how often of late that when the two-party cartel is strongly challenged it is one of the two so-called “major” parties that fades quickly into third-party status.


8 posted on 10/08/2010 3:30:59 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Armies that have and keep the initiative always win the battle.)
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To: lovesdogs

Maybe Crist could show up to a debate in blackface? would that work?


9 posted on 10/08/2010 3:31:59 PM PDT by Typical_Whitey (Obama to America - resistance if futile, you will be assimilated.)
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To: lovesdogs

Crist was saying “meek is too inexperienced” as code for “he is black”. it was a dirty trick but democrats have a big bus for throwing bodies under.

Meek will be paid off and will pull out.


10 posted on 10/08/2010 3:35:31 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: EternalVigilance

Rasmussen has Rubio at 50 TODAY!. If this is correct, how will Crist win by Meeks dropping out?


11 posted on 10/08/2010 3:35:31 PM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: lovesdogs
Hope this helps:

How about a little Democratic love for Kendrick Meek?

12 posted on 10/08/2010 3:39:18 PM PDT by paudio (How could you be an open-minded person if you are a liberal?)
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To: lovesdogs
get Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek out of the Florida Senate race in order to boost Charlie Crist's flagging chances

Even if Meek gets strong-armed out, wouldn't his name still appear on the ballot?

As long as Meek's name appears on the ballot with a 'D' next to it, the damage is already done --- and Rubio is guaranteed to be your new Junior Senator from Florida.

13 posted on 10/08/2010 3:40:02 PM PDT by rhinohunter (http://christine2010.com/)
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To: lovesdogs

Rubio also polled over 50% for the first time today...there’s a link somewhere around here from this morning...


14 posted on 10/08/2010 3:41:25 PM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: lovesdogs
Meek would be utterly humiliated if he leaves the race.

He'll be somewhat humiliated when he loses the election.

He is already ON the ballot; we just got our "sample" ballot in the mail today.

The die is cast, Florida will go for Republican Rubio.

15 posted on 10/08/2010 3:49:03 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: lovesdogs

Wasn’t 0bama and Gore both recently campaigning for Meeks?
Also, I think the Democrats understand that they stand to lose a lot more than a Senate seat long term if they force this black candidate out of the race and leave Florida without a Democrat in the race. Disappointment in 0bama is already sky-high among his base.

Because of these two factors, I don’t see it happening.


16 posted on 10/08/2010 3:51:36 PM PDT by counterpunch (End the Government Monopoly!)
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To: rhinohunter

It’s already done. Rubio hit 50% already, and outpolls Crist 2:1.
He is unstoppable now.


17 posted on 10/08/2010 3:53:50 PM PDT by counterpunch (End the Government Monopoly!)
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To: counterpunch

I tend to agree with you and everyone who said that this probably won’t happen. But it is interesting that they were desperate enough to float this trial balloon.


18 posted on 10/08/2010 4:06:55 PM PDT by lovesdogs
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To: screaminsunshine

The Florida legislature should begin impeachment proceedings against this creep.


19 posted on 10/08/2010 4:11:59 PM PDT by Terry Mross (Never again will I hold my nose and vote for a rino.)
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To: lovesdogs

The Dems are completely desperate.


20 posted on 10/08/2010 4:15:31 PM PDT by FTJM
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To: lovesdogs

I doubt it. Even if Meek is forced to drop out, do you really think the Black vote will go to Crist?


21 posted on 10/08/2010 4:21:09 PM PDT by rbg81 (When you see Obama, shout: "DO YOUR JOB!!")
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To: ChildOfThe60s
Which says a lot for the reasoning ability of black voters. Jezz, what a bunch of ignorant racists. Perfect sheep for the liberal fascists.

Actually, it says more about the reasoning ability of Democrats.

Meek is a better man and would probably make a better Senator for Florida than Charlie Crist.

22 posted on 10/08/2010 4:23:45 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: okie01
Meek is a better man and would probably make a better Senator for Florida than Charlie Crist.

I can't speak to the first part, but it wouldn't be difficult to be better than Crist.

My point though, is not a commentary on Meek, more on lockstep mind set of black Democrats. They have allowed themselves to be brainwashed with the notion that skin color trumps character and ability.

23 posted on 10/08/2010 4:27:32 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s, you weren't really there.)
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To: lovesdogs

Crist can’t win this, no matter what he does.


24 posted on 10/08/2010 4:28:55 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (When the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn (Pr.29:2))
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To: lovesdogs

Last polling available on Real Clear Politics...
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http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2010/senate/fl/florida_senate_rubio_vs_meek_vs_crist-1456.html
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9/23 - 10/7
Rubio (R) 43.2%
Crist (I) 30.3%
Meek (D) 19.2%


25 posted on 10/08/2010 4:31:18 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: lovesdogs
they were desperate enough to float this trial balloon

Yes... and this is the same reason they floated that cr@p about shrillery replacing O'Biden on the 2012 ticket. It's just a desperate stunt to try to gin up rat turnout for THIS election.

26 posted on 10/08/2010 4:37:25 PM PDT by rhinohunter (http://christine2010.com/)
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To: screaminsunshine

Don’t count your chicken.. work your *ss off!


27 posted on 10/08/2010 5:22:07 PM PDT by JSDude1 (DARE TO DREAM THE DREAM...Work like you want 100 Seats on November 2! -J.S.)
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To: lovesdogs

Meek won’t quit unless he’s paid-off.


28 posted on 10/09/2010 1:37:39 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The Democrat Party is spending your great-grandkids inheritance)
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To: ChildOfThe60s
[Blacks] have allowed themselves to be brainwashed with the notion that skin color trumps character and ability. I quite agree with you. The Democrats consistently take advantage of this mindset -- one that they and their handmaidens (the race pimps and the media) have created.

It's a thoroughly disgusting scene all around. What the liberals have done to the black population in this country brings the term "criminal" comes to mind.

I

29 posted on 10/09/2010 4:09:14 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: okie01
What the liberals have done to the black population in this country brings the term "criminal" comes to mind.

It pretty much puts the lie to the claim that liberals "care" for blacks (or any other minority for that matter) beyond what they can use them for.

30 posted on 10/09/2010 4:20:38 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s, you weren't really there.)
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