In Tampa Meek predicts a primary victory
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08/20/10 Seán Kinane
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State Sen. Arthenia Joyner, right, campaigned with U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek in Tampa.


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The primary election is only four days away, but the Democratic race for U.S. Senate is still up for grabs. U.S. Representative Kendrick Meek leads in some polls. But at a campaign stop in Tampa today, Meek says he is confident that he will win on Tuesday and says after he defeats billionaire Jeff Greene, it will make a statement to give him momentum heading into the general election.

Meek shook hands with supporters at the College Hill Library -- one of Hillsborough’s early voting sites. He was joined by state Senator Arthenia Joyner and former U.S. Representative Jim Davis. Davis lost a statewide race for governor in 2006 to Charlie Crist, but is confident Meek can win.

If he survives the Democratic primary on Tuesday, Meek still faces a formidable challenge in the general election. Most polls have him a distant third behind independent Charlie Crist and presumptive Republican nominee Marco Rubio. Senator Joyner represents parts of Tampa, including College Hill, and says Meek can beat Crist.

Annette Cobert was one of about a dozen supporters who held Kendrick Meek signs and stood behind the candidate.

Meek says the Tampa Bay area is a key to the success of any statewide race.

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