Kendrick Meek wins Democratic Senate primary in Florida

Though he was outspent nearly five-to-one by a wealthy opponent, Rep. Kendrick Meek won the Democratic nomination for Senate in Florida– setting the stage for one of this fall’s most compelling contests.

Meek, a four-term congressman from Miami, beat billionaire Jeff Greene, who poured more than $23 million of his own money into the race. Meek has spent just over $4.7 million, according to disclosure reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

“Floridians want leaders who will fight for them all the time,” Meek said, “not just when it helps their own political career or advances an extreme philosophy.”

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Pictured:  Democratic Senate candidate Kendrick Meek (D-FL) (R) is greeted by supporters as he arrives to cast his vote during early primary voting on August 9, 2010 in Miami, Florida. Meek is facing off against real-estate investor Jeff Greene to be the Democratic candidate on the November 2nd general election ballot. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images).