(CNN) - In an appearance on Fox news Thursday night Republican-turned-independent Senate candidate, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said he spoke with Rep. Kendrick Meek and "several people" at the White House about having Meek step out of the race.
Crist would not specify to whom he spoke at the White House, but he did say he spoke to Meek about the possible shift and that Meek was "considering it."
Crist confirmed that he spoke with Doug Band, a counselor to former President Clinton, who Crist said acted as an intermediary, relaying information about whether or not Meek would end his Senate bid.
(CNN) - At a press conference Thursday night Democratic Senate nominee Rep. Kendrick Meek called press reports that he was asked to drop out of the race “inaccurate at best.”
“Any rumor or any statement that I decided to get out of his race is inaccurate at best,” Meek said.
Meek said neither former President Clinton nor the Democratic National Committee called him to say he should get out of the race.
(CNN) - Rep. Kendrick Meek said it is "absolutely not true" that he ever agreed to any kind of deal with former President Bill Clinton to drop out of the Florida Senate race, in an interview shortly before 9 p.m. ET Thursday with CNN contributor Roland S. Martin.
"The president came down to do an event for me in Orlando and St. Petersburg. We talk politics all the time. He said I heard this thing about you getting out. I said, 'I'm not getting out.' I said Charlie Crist needs to get out of the race. And that was that," Meek said.
(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton last week tried to persuade Florida Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek to drop out of the three-way contest, according to a report by Politico that was confirmed by CNN.
A senior Democratic official told CNN that the White House was aware of Clinton’s negotiations, and that Democrats believed the move would prevent Republican candidate Marco Rubio from winning the Florida Senate seat.
As part of the deal, Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist would then caucus with Democrats in the Senate. Meek was considering the option until two days ago, but the deal eventually fell apart, according to the source.
(CNN) - Florida Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink has a slight advantage over her opponent, Republican Rick Scott, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll.
Sink, the state's chief financial officer, leads 45 percent to 41 percent over Scott, a former health care executive, while 11 percent of likely voters said they are still undecided in the October survey. Sink's four point advantage is within the poll's sampling error.
(CNN) - It was 'Three's Company' in the final Florida Senate debate as Republican candidate Marco Rubio, Democratic candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek and independent candidate, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, met in Orlando one week before the election.
The dominant issues in the debate, which was moderated by NBC Meet the Press anchor David Gregory, were the housing crisis and a rousing conversation about the future of Social Security.
Programming Note: Watch the Florida gubernatorial debate on CNN's John King, USA Monday night 7 p.m. ET
(CNN) - The three-way Florida Senate race seemed more of a two-sided contest Sunday as Republican front-runner Marco Rubio's opponents both targeted him in a debate on CNN's "State of the Union."
Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek and Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist both tried to portray Rubio as too rigidly conservative for Florida in the spirited hour-long debate.
Crist, who launched an independent campaign after losing the Republican primary to Rubio, said he would have left the Republican party even if he had won the primary.
CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley co-hosts the CNN/St. Petersburg Times Senate debate on CNN this morning. We'll be live blogging throughout the hour RIGHT HERE.
Candidates in the race and on stage: Republican Marco Rubio, Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek and independent Gov. Charlie Crist.
9:02a: Unemployment: Crist: "plenty of blame to go around."
9:03a: Support a second stimulus? Meek: stimulus was set to be the floor not a "silver bullet" in Florida.
9:04a: Meek: trust president's judgment in picking own economic team.
9:07a: Crist: we need tax cuts, we need to rein in government spending- recovery act included tax cuts... "people forget that."
(CNN) - Marco Rubio is widening his lead in the battle for an open Senate seat in Florida, according to a new poll.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Wednesday also indicates that the state's gubernatorial battle is deadlocked.