(CNN) – The St. Petersburg Times obtained a copy of a voicemail Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist left before 5 a.m. Monday for Democratic Senate nominee Kendrick Meek.
According to the audio, Crist wanted to meet Meek later in the day to set up a situation where Meek would back out of the Florida Senate race. Meek later said no.
Last Sunday, the three candidates for Senate faced off in a CNN/St. Petersburg Times debate, and Crist spoke to Meek briefly after the debate.
This audio comes just days after controversial reports that former President Bill Clinton asked Meek to withdraw from the race and throw his support behind Crist.
Clinton said he spoke with Meek twice regarding the possibility of exiting the race, but that he did not explicitly ask him to do so.
Meek told CNN Friday that Clinton had never approached him about exiting the race, but said Crist had been the one to broach the subject.
On Thursday Crist said he spoke with Meek and "several people" at the White House, as well as Clinton counselor Doug Band about asking Meek to bow out.
Meek has since been defiant about his chances in the upcoming election. Clinton will campaign with him in Orlando, Florida, on Monday night.
Meek and Crist will face Republican Tea Party-backed Marco Rubio in the election Tuesday.