Hollywood, Florida (CNN) – Rep. Kendrick Meek, giving his victory speech after winning Florida's Democratic Senate nomination, thanked President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton.
After numerous stories that Obama wasn't doing enough to help Meek's bid for his party's nomination, White House officials recently stressed that the president was firmly supportive of Meek. Obama appeared with the candidate last week, giving Meek a hug upon arriving in Florida for a Democratic party fundraiser. Meek also spoke at the fundraiser.
And Clinton headlined three Meek rallies last week. The former president had already served as the main attraction at several fundraising events for Meek and penned fundraising e-mails for the candidate.
The pair's relationship stretches back nearly two decades. Meek also backed Sen. Hillary Clinton's bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, and Clinton has actively helped out candidates who supported his wife's bid for the White House.