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.