Update: Greene has endorsed Meek. That's nice. Now he can start unmailing all those negative ads that painted Meek as a near-felon.
Update: I think this one is done. Meek is still riding above 55 percent right now and Greene can't break 40 percent. Even before we eliminated the runoff, it looks like Meek would have won this. Let it be remembered that Democrats were not hypnotized by big money today. And let people look at the Governor's race to see whether Republican voters are so wise.
Meek goes into the general now a bona fide winner, and has proven he can beat back better-funded foes. People need to remember when deciding how to vote in November that this man can win elections. He can fight the good fight. Think Crist is the only person who can fend off Rubio's army of crazy? Forget it. Meek is just as poised to win, and at this point, is the only candidate in the race to emerge victorious in a legitimate contest.
Update: Looks like Kendrick Meek is winning big, taking about 55 percent and far outpacing Jeff Greene. Very good news.
And for what its worth, Marco Rubio has absolutely secured the nomination for the GOP.
The biggest contest of the night as far as I am concerned. Kendrick Meek, distinguished U.S. Congressman, fights for the soul of the party against billionaire vanity candidate Jeff Greene. You can guess where I stand. Maurice Ferre, an accomplished Miami politician, has earned some love in polls, but not much, while Glenn Burkett seems an absolute non-factor.
On the GOP side, former Speaker Marco Rubio is the presumptive nominee by every measure possible. He does have to win the formal nomination tonight over Billy Kogut and William Escoffery.
Of course, the nominees go up against the rare independent front-runner, Gov. Charlie Crist. Readers of this blog know Crist has already staked out the nonpartisan prize that is a complete lack of core values.