Crist: A Vote for Meek Is a Vote for Rubio

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Reports that Democrat Kendrick Meek would drop out of the Senate race to give independent Charlie Crist a clear shot at Republican Marco Rubio seem to be unfounded, and this morning Crist didn't sound like a man who was making backroom deals with Democrats. That's not to say he's still not aggressively pursuing the Democratic vote. Asked whether he thinks a vote for Meek is a vote for Rubio, Crist replied, "It sure looks like it, yeah. Regrettably, that would be the case."

According to Naked Politics, though, Crist denied his camp has put pressure on Meek to drop out.

Crist denied speculation in the media that his supporters are putting pressure on Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek, who's running a distant third in some polls, to quit the race to give Crist a better chance in a head-to-head contest with Rubio. "Number One, there's no pressure," Crist said. "People should do what they think is right. But I'll be clear about this: I'm the only candidate who can both win in November and stop the Tea Party mess that Mr. Rubio would bring to Washington."

The latest Real Clear Politics average of poll numbers shows Rubio with a 13.3-point lead over Crist. Crist's support averages to about 29.5 percent, while Meek is stuck with 18.5 percent.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.