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(Story reported by Jim Stratton for the Orlando Sentinel)
Miami Congressman Kendrick Meek battered Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate tonight, ending a campaign that generated much more heat than light.
With 57 percent of precincts reporting, Meek held a commanding lead over Greene — 55 percent to 33 percent. The former state trooper and state legislator now must prepare for a much tougher fight.
In the Nov. 2 general election, he faces Republican Marco Rubio, a favorite of many conservative voters, and independent Gov. Charlie Crist, a fixture on Florida's political scene and one of the state's best campaigners.
In a three-way race, polls have consistently shown the Democratic Senate candidate – Meek or Greene – badly trailing Rubio and Crist.
Greene conceded a little after 9 p.m. and said he'd back Meek in the general election campaign.
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