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Political aficionados chatting up Kendrick Meek

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Here is a quick run-down of what people have said and written about Kendrick’s campaign in the few days:

  • Yesterday, President Obama singled out Kendrick during his stop in Miami: “Somewhere around here is the next senator from the great state of Florida, Kendrick Meek…  There he is. Kendrick’s doing a great job.”

-“Meek has a shot at generating the same sort of enthusiasm within Florida as benefited Obama in 2008… Meek’s successful petition effort is a sign that his campaign is putting the requisite field mechanism into place for just such an effort… I would keep an eye on this race.”

  • Ben Smith of Politico linked Blumenthal’s story on his blog under the title, “Don’t sleep on Meek?” Chris Cillizza also linked to Blumenthal’s story and tweeted, “Interesting take on whether Kendrick Meek can win in Florida.
  • Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic penned a post titled “Don’t Be Shy About Meek’s Chances.” He writes, “Meek comes within six points, on average, of the Republican. This, when barely a quarter of Florida voters say they know anything about him. His upside potential is large enough, given the right conditions, to run very competitively.”
  • Mike Lux at Open Left, writes: “In Florida, Kendrick Meek has a very solid chance at taking out far right extremist Rubio after he wins his ugly primary fight with Crist.”
  • On Morning Joe today, Jim VandeHei of Politico told the hosts, “Democratic strategists are getting excited about Meek. I think there will be a lot more money devoted to that race.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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