It's only June, but Florida's three-way U.S. Senate contest is already shaping up as a race to remember. It will have Republican Marco Rubio, the young and formerly unsung conservative who is now widely viewed as the Barack Obama of the Tea Party movement. It will have Governor Charlie Crist, the former Republican shoo-in who fled the GOP to run as an independent after it became clear that Rubio was cleaning his clock. And it will have ... a Democrat.
That's likely to be Congressman Kendrick Meek, although he still faces an expensive primary against a billionaire carpetbagger. He's actually glad about that, because it might bring the forgotten candidate some much-needed attention. "If nothing else, it will remind people there's a Democrat in this race," Meek told me at a restaurant where he had been scheduled to meet with local journalists from the Caribbean community, only two of whom showed up.
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