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WSJ: The struggles of an Obama loyalist, Kendrick Meek, in the Florida Senate race.

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From the Wall Street Journal: Until now the best roles in Florida’s Senate election drama were taken by Republicans. The tea party upstart, Marco Rubio, forced Gov. Charlie Crist to drop his lagging primary bid and take his chances as an independent. But now the Democratic script turns out to be as unpredictably wacky.

Enter Kendrick Meek, stage left. A young and popular African-American congressman from Miami, the former state trooper got into this campaign before anyone else and expected a smooth ride to the Democratic nomination. The subsequent GOP civil war seemed to give him a leg up.

The downside of running as the establishment candidate eventually became clear. He can’t run away from his association with the Obama agenda, and he can’t escape whispers that the White House might hedge its bets and tacitly back Mr. Crist. Two months before the Aug. 24 primary, Mr. Meek doesn’t have traction in the polls, which show a double-digit gap against Mr. Rubio and Mr. Crist. And seven weeks ago the proverbial man from nowhere—billionaire investor Jeff Greene—decided to challenge Mr. Meek for the Democratic nomination.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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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