Dan Gelber drops out of Senate race

06/01/09 Mitch E. Perry
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There’s been some movement in the race for the Democratic nomination for Senate next year.

Over the weekend, Miami Beach Sen. Dan Gelber confirmed that he is dropping out of race for Senate, in which he was running against South Florida Congressman Kendrick Meek.

Gelber made his comments to a netroots appearance in Miami on Saturday, where he said when the Democrats get into a contested primary, the winner generally loses in the general election to the Republican on the ballot.

Last month at a Tiger Bay Appearance in Tampa, Gelber essentially announced that he was going to drop out of the race. His supporters hope he will now turn his sights on the nomination for Attorney General, but there are other Democrats, like South Florida Sen. Dave Aronberg, strongly looking to run in that race as well.

In the House, Gelber was one of the most articulate Democrats who voiced opposition in the Jeb Bush era, and he has not lost his intensity when it comes to finding fault with Republicans in the state Legislature.

Meanwhile, the St. Petersburg Times reported over the weekend that Jacksonville area Congresswoman Corrine Brown is thinking about entering the Democratic race for Senate. Brown told the Times she has commissioned a statewide poll that shows her leading Kendrick Meek and other Democrats contemplating a run for Senate. She says that is opening an explanatory account go determine support for such a run.

The other Democrat in the Senate race is Kevin Burns, mayor of North Miami Beach.

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