Florida Senate candidates Kendrick Meek (D) and Charlie Crist (I) are battling for support from one of Democrats’ most powerful allies — the labor unions — but the big winner could be Republican candidate Marco Rubio.
Union backing is important for any candidate, given labor’s ability to turn out voters and offer financial support.
For Crist, the outgoing governor who changed his candidacy from Republican to independent, the unions can provide him a base given that he’s without a party.
Meek, meanwhile, has been fighting a perception that Democrats don’t fully back his candidacy. But he’s been able to counter that with the support of two of the largest unions in the state, along with endorsements from several local unions.
And Rubio’s candidacy can benefit from any split among Democratic voters.