Meek thanks supporters, wishes Rubio good luck in ‘an uphill battle’by Ana Valdes | November 2nd, 2010
Less than a couple hours after polls closed, Kendrick Meek addressed dozens of supporters at The Rusty Pelican, and told them he had already called Rep. Marco Rubio to congratulate him.
“Florida spoke, and spoke overwhelmingly,” Meek said, adding that he commended Rubio on how he ran his campaign. “For someone who came from the outside, to come to the inside and take a commanding lead in the race almost a month a go is to be commended.”
“I wish him well, because it’s an uphill battle,” Meek added.
The Democratic candidate, who was joined on stage by his wife, children, mother and sister, also said he had called Gov. Charlie Crist and said they shared “charitable words.”
Meek admitted things were a little tense toward the end of the campaign, when rumors flourished numerous times that he would consider dropping out to endorse Charlie Crist.
“I feel that we ran the best campaign we could, under the circumstances. It was a tense environment,” Meek said, adding that the controversy had an effect on voters.
“I think that Crist trying to cross over on issues did bring some confusion to the voters, ,” he added.
When asked if he would have done anything differently, Meek said he was proud of his campaign and his supporters.
“Maybe Florida could have known me a little better, and maybe I could have known Florida a little better,” he said. “But God’s will always prevails.”
Meek told reporters he hadn’t thought much about he next steps professionally, but he’s sure that he wants to go fishing and sleep in a couple nights this week.