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Today Is Florida Primary Day


Over in the Democratic Senate race, the story is a little different. Rep. Kendrick Meek -- the establishment choice for Senate -- appears to have fought off an expensive challenge from billionaire investor Jeff Greene. Though Greene once led by a healthy margin, the TPM Poll Average now shows Meek in the lead 37.8-27.7.

Whichever man wins will enter the general election fight a distant third behind Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) and likely GOP nominee Marco Rubio. The battle for the open Senate seat so far has essentially been between those two men, with the Democratic candidates running well behind in general election polls. This is partially due to the fact that Crist has made few bones about the fact that he's running to win with the Democratic vote and partially due to the fact that before Greene blew the Democratic primary up into the national headlines, few outside (or inside) Florida had heard of Meek.

Now with Meek poised, it seems, to win the nomination he thought he had locked up a year ago, the focus will shift to boosting his credibility among voters and energize the Democratic base to line up behind him.