A Meek win "puts [Democrats] in somewhat of a tenuous position," Mr. Crew said. "They can't overlook a person who has the kind of Democratic credentials that Meek has. On the other hand, I can't think that a really hard-eyed Democratic observer would look at this race and say Meek has much of a chance of winning."
"That just infuriated the right wing of the Republican Party, and I was surprised with how quickly that affected his public standing," said Robert Crew, a political science professor at Florida State University.