(CNN) - Republican Marco Rubio wins the Florida Senate seat left vacated by retiring Republican Sen. George LeMieux, CNN projects. Rubio beat out Gov. Charlie Crist, who was running as an independent candidate, and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.
(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.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton will campaign with Florida Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek in Orlando on Monday night, just days after controversial reports that Clinton asked Meek to withdraw from the race and throw his support behind independent Senate candidate, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.
Clinton said that he spoke with Meek twice regarding the possibility of leaving the race, but that he had not asked him to do so.
"He was trying to determine what was the best thing for him to do," Clinton said in an interview with CNN's Susan Candiotti on Thursday. "I knew it was being discussed, people had discussed it on and off. It was no secret."
(CNN) - With early voting in Florida already well underway, a sizeable number of votes may have already been cast for Florida Democratic Senate candidate, Rep. Kendrick Meek– but they would not have been certified if he were to drop his bid, according to the Florida Department of State.
As of Thursday, 774, 911 people had voted early in Florida, according to Jennifer Davis, communications director for the Florida Department of State.
Should a political party's nominee drop out before Election Day, the party could elect to provide a replacement candidate, Davis said. Any votes for the vacating candidate would then count toward the new nominee. However, if the party does not name a new candidate, the early votes would not be reported for anyone, and would not be certified by the state.
Washington (CNN) - The point that many people seem to be missing in the Florida Senate saga is that this whole mess actually has very little to do with Rep. Kendrick Meek or the Sunshine State - it's all about a much broader fear among senior Democrats that they may be about to lose control of the chamber.
There are some fascinating inside details I've been able to piece together about how and why this Meek story exploded into the public.
In the words of one senior Democratic Party official, the Meek story came to a head because former President Bill Clinton "flew into a purple rage" about the Democratic candidate breaking a private pledge to him to get out of the Senate race and endorse independent candidate Charlie Crist.
(CNN) – A new poll of the Florida Senate race shows Republican Marco Rubio with a large lead over both independent Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek with just four days to go before voters weigh in.
According to the new survey from Mason-Dixon, Rubio leads the field with 45 percent –17 points ahead of Crist at 28 percent and 24 points ahead of Meek at 21 percent.
(CNN) - Questions linger over whether former President Bill Clinton asked Democrat Rep. Kendrick Meek to end his Senate bid in Florida and what role the White House may have had in the discussions.
The allegations bubbled up Thursday when Republican-turned-independent Senate candidate, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, said he spoke with Meek and "several people" at the White House about having Meek step out of the race.
Crist, who appeared on Fox News, would not specify whom he spoke to at the White House, but said he spoke to Meek about the possible shift and that Meek was "considering it."
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton says he talked to Rep. Kendrick Meek about ending his bid for Senate twice, but that he never discussed the issue with the White House.
“He was trying to determine what was the best thing for him to do,” Clinton said in an interview with CNN’s Susan Candiotti Thursday. “I knew it was being discussed, people had discussed it on and off… it was no secret.”
Clinton said Meek did not have enough money to break through in the polls.