October 29th, 2010
06:07 PM ET
12 years ago

If Meek had withdrawn, where would votes already cast in his favor have gone?

(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.

If someone had voted early and a candidate dropped out, the voter would not have an opportunity to change or re-vote regardless of what scenario played out, according to Davis.

Questions about Florida's early voting, which began on October 18, arose Thursday night amid reports that former President Bill Clinton had tried to persuade Meek to drop out of the three-way Senate race.

But Meek has since denied any intent to end his bid, and told CNN on Friday that it was Gov. Charlie Crist who asked him to step aside. Crist is running as an independent in the race.

Several recent polls show Republican Marco Rubio with a comfortable lead over Crist, while Meek trails by double digits. Some have suggested that if Meek were to drop out, it would clear the way for more Democrats to vote for Crist.

Filed under: 2010 • Bill Clinton • Charlie Crist • Florida • Kendrick Meek • Marco Rubio
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. LacrosseMom(real one)

    Dear Mr. Meek, as hard as it is for you to withdraw, you need to face reality. You stay in this race, you hand the senate seat to the Teapublicans!

    October 29, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. Lori in St Pete

    If Meek dropped out, the Dems could draft Charlie Crist, ensuring victory!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!

    October 29, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Dropping out is not the same as conceding your votes to another candidate or is this the way Florida plays.

    October 29, 2010 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. Dennis in AZ

    The votes for Meek would probably find their way into backing Herr Weasel-Crist or Herr Butt-Crist. The point is, of course, moot as the democrats did what they always do when they get caught being weasels. AKA "It never happened–even if it did it doesn't matter." It's sort of like blaming the USCOC for using foreign funds with absolutely no proof–completely par for the election year course.

    October 29, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    Maybe if George Bush's brother was still governor and had his party's AG decide the election for us again it would be easier ?

    October 29, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  6. S. in California Laughing In Anticipation Of How Well Democrats Turnout At The Polls

    Glad I don't live in Florida anymore. I wouldn't vote for any of them.

    October 29, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. jules sand-perkins

    President Obama is not interested in a few hundred persons' wasted votes: he is about to be humiliated for messing up not only his own chance at a favorable immortality, but also the entire Democratic Party's present power and viability.
    I won't vote any Democrat into Congress as long as that party has Obama as its choice for president.
    If Obama had respect for his fellow Democrats, he would at the very least announce that he will not run for president again.

    October 29, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. Ken in NC

    I would love to see Meek win the Senators seat from Florida but unfortunately he's got about as much chance of winning as a snowball in hell has of surviving the night.

    October 29, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |