Florida - U.S. Senate

as of October 13

The Candidates

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Kendrick Meek

  • Democrat
  • Birthdate: September 6, 1966
  • Residence: Miami, FL

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Marco Rubio

  • Republican
  • Birthdate: May 28, 1971
  • Residence: West Miami, FL

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Charlie Crist

  • Independent
  • Birthdate: July 24, 1956
  • Residence: St. Petersburg, FL

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Previous Results

    Florida U.S. Senate (2004)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Mel Martinez REP 3,672,864 49.4%
    Betty Castor DEM 3,590,201 48.3%
    Dennis Bradley VET 166,642 2.2%

    U.S. President: Florida (2008)

    Candidate Party Votes %
    Barack Obama DEM 4,282,074 51%
    John McCain REP 4,045,624 48.2%
    Ralph Nader ECO 28,124 0.3%
    Bob Barr LIB 17,218 0.2%
    Chuck Baldwin CON 7,915 0.1%
    Brian Moore SOC 405 0%
    Thomas Stevens Obj 419 0%
    James Harris SOC 533 0%
    Charles Jay Bos 795 0%
    Gloria La Riva SOC 1,516 0%
    Alan Keyes AME 2,550 0%
    Cynthia McKinney GRE 2,887 0%
    Gene Amondson PRO 293 0%

    state Election Profile

Source: Associated Press

Recent Analysis

Oct 13, 2010

New Cook Political Report Rating

Lean-R (was Toss-up)

    Sep 30, 2010

    New Sabato's Crystal Ball Rating

    Lean-R (was Toss-up)

      Democrats Endorsing Crist Could Be A Good Sign For Rubio

      A bunch of endorsements by influential Democrats on behalf of Charlie Crist sends a signal that the party may not be completely enthralled with Kendrick Meek as their nominee. And if Crist, by moving to his left, is now competing with Meek for Democratic votes, the ultimate beneficiary could well be Republican Marco Rubio. -Ken Rudin

      New NPR Rating

      Lean-R (was Toss-up)

        Sep 20, 2010

        New CQ - Roll Call Rating

        Lean-R (was Toss-up)

          New Rothenberg Political Report Rating

          Lean-R (was Toss-up)

            Sep 9, 2010

            Florida's Three-Way Battle

            George LeMieux (R), who was appointed to the seat in 2009, is not running. And once upon a time, there was a clear storyline to this race. Gov. Charlie Crist, a very popular Republican, would waltz into the seat formerly held by fellow Republican Mel Martinez. In fact, when Martinez unexpectedly resigned from the Senate last year, Crist named LeMieux, his former chief of staff, as someone to keep the seat warm for him. But Crist underestimated the anger of conservatives after he seemed to embrace President Obama in 2009, when the president came to Florida to sell his economic stimulus package.

            Crist's primary opponent, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, ran ads reminding everyone of the Obama-Crist "hug." Whatever it actually was, it began a long spiraling decline for Crist in the eyes of Republicans. It got to the point where, faced with an all-but-certain defeat in the GOP primary, he quit the Republican Party and announced he would seek the seat as an independent. So now the race is a toss-up between Republican Rubio and independent Crist.

            The Democratic nominee is Kendrick Meek, an African-American congressman from Miami.-Ken Rudin

            New NPR Rating



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