Party Lines Blur in the Florida Senate Race

The choice that voters make among a black Democrat, a Hispanic Republican and a newly independent white candidate could have national implications.

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And will Democrats, fearful of growing Tea Party political strength at the national level, choose to protect the "establishment," even if that means voting for Republicans? Some analysts think that President Obama's support for Meek will be weak because he has already concluded that Meek cannot win. Obama is anxious to keep the Senate seat out of Republican hands, and Crist would be an independent -- at least nominally. Shortly after Crist announced his decision to run as an independent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid telephoned him officially to offer congratulations.

Charles Cobb Jr. is senior analyst for All Africa. His latest book is On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail.

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