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Meek Leads in Florida Senate Fundraising

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Kendrick Meek talking to reporters in January after announcing his candidacy. (Getty)

Democratic Rep. Kendrick B. Meek has established himself as a fundraising leader in the earliest stages of Florida’s 2010 open Senate race, though potential heavy-hitters threaten to knock him out of that position in the coming weeks.

Meek, who is serving his fourth term representing the Miami-area 17th District, reported to the Federal Election Commission $1.8 million raised through Mar. 31, which included $324,000 transferred from his House account. After spending, Meek reported $1.6 million on hand at the close of the first quarter.  

Meek’s totals trumped those of Democratic primary competitor Dan Gelber , a Florida state senator. Gelber raised $363,000 and reported $296,000 on hand.

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