The Meek Effect

By: Troy Kinsey Email
By: Troy Kinsey Email

Tallahassee, FL - It's the sound of campaign season. A time to get out the vote with help from people like Christine Rosa.
She's a Democratic activist working for a local candidate, someone she says could benefit from the presence of a statewide candidate, Kendrick Meek, on the November ballot.
Rosa says, "I think it's really good that he's on there, because maybe if he wins, she'll win, and most people will vote for him and her.
That's because Meek could help turn out African-American Democrats who normally wouldn't vote.
In fact, our poll finds 61 percent of African-Americans are backing Meek compared to the 19 percent he's getting from the electorate as a whole.
The way the theory goes, a vote for Meek is also a vote for every other Democrat running for office.
In the midst of what many expect to be a Republican wave election, you might think of this as a mini-Democratic wave, and in tight races up and down the ballot, it could be enough to eke out a win.
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Alex ink stands to benefit the most. She's in a neck-and-neck contest with Republican Rick Scott.
Democratic State Representative Aalan Williams compares Meek to Barack Obama two years ago, and he has a prediction...
Willams says, "That folks will find that same emotional tie. They'll not only vote for Congressman Meek to be our next United States Senator, but will also vote for Alex Sink, make history once again and send a woman for the first time to the Governor's Mansion, and then also vote down the ticket.
In the end, even that may not be enough to overcome the enthusiasm gap between Republicans and Democrats, but at the very least, having Meek on the ballot could help narrow that divide.

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  • by anon Location: tally on Oct 27, 2010 at 05:15 PM
    Apachee....appears we found the box of rocks.
  • by penny on Oct 27, 2010 at 03:27 PM
    "The democrats,'at least' are red blooded Americans and have honesty about them." I laughed out loud.
  • by ApacheeTomcat Location: perry fl on Oct 27, 2010 at 12:01 PM
    The democrats,'at least' are red blooded Americans and have honesty about them.marco rubio castro isn't even american and,'the crook'scott,is a liar,a thief,and Lord only know,'what else'.
  • by Frances Location: Tallahassee on Oct 27, 2010 at 10:17 AM
    When will we ever stop judging everything on COLOR? Let's try CHARACTER for a change - that's a change that really could get us somewhere.
  • by anon on Oct 27, 2010 at 08:35 AM
    "The way the theory goes, a vote for Meek is also a vote for every other Democrat running for office"...."vote down the ticket"...this is PATHETIC! The democrats treat African Americans as though they are as smart as a box of rocks.
  • by No Meek, No Sink on Oct 27, 2010 at 05:33 AM
    It is a shame that so many people are expected to vote only based on skin color and even more of a shame that candidates are campaigning to encourage it. Don't let Florida become a smaller version of Washington. We have all seen what Obama ideals have done for our once great nation, don't let it happen here in Florida!
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