[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/15/art.meek.042810.jpg caption="Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek thanked his supporters in an e-mail Tuesday after securing the Democratic nomination for Senate."]Hollywood, Florida (CNN) - Rep. Kendrick Meek hasn't even given his victory speech yet, but he's already reaching out to supporters.
Meek, who according to a CNN projection has won the Democratic Senate nomination in Florida, moments ago sent out a thank you to people on his campaign's email distribution list:
"We did it! I am about to step on the stage at our rally here in Miami, but I wanted to send you a quick note of thanks before I do.
All of our hard work paid off – I am officially the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate.
I am 100 percent certain that we couldn't have gotten here without your dedication and support. The pundits thought this seat could be bought. Our critics wrote us off. But, together, you and I proved them wrong. We defied the odds.
Tomorrow starts a new campaign against not one, but two tough opponents. With fewer than three months until Election Day, there is a lot of work to be done and we are going to need your help once again.
Tonight, we celebrate. Tonight, simply, I thank you."
Shortly after the email to supporters sent Tuesday night, the Meek campaign released an official statement.
"Tonight, Floridians sent a clear message – they want a Real Democrat representing them in the U.S. Senate," said Kendrick Meek. "I am the only candidate who supports a woman's right to choose and equal pay for equal work, has fought against privatizing Social Security, and will repeal the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 1% of Americans and cut taxes for the middle class.
"Floridians need leaders who are willing to stand up for middle-class families - tireless fighters who know what it means to tackle big issues. They deserve leaders who will fight tooth-and-nail to preserve Social Security and will stand with President Obama to rebuild Florida's middle class. Most of all, Floridians want leaders who will fight for them all the time, not just when it helps their own political career or advances an extreme philosophy.
"The naysayers said we couldn't beat a billionaire, and tonight with your help, we proved them wrong. We have the momentum in this race, and over the next 70 days, we'll make sure that every Floridian knows that there is just one candidate who will fight for everyday Florida families. In 10 weeks, Floridians will prove the naysayers wrong once more and send a Real Democrat to Washington, D.C."