(CNN) - Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek of Florida is getting a campaign assist from basketball hall-of-famer Earvin "Magic" Johnson.
In an email to supporters, Johnson makes the case for endorsing Meek's Senate bid and offers to sweeten the deal for those who donate campaign contributions. Donors who make contributions of five dollars or more "will be automatically entered to win one of my signed basketballs," writes Johnson.
Recent polls suggest that Meek, a four-term congressman and the presumptive Democratic nominee, is trailing Republican turned Independent Gov. Charlie Crist and presumptive GOP nominee Marco Rubio, in a three way general election battle.