Kendrick Meek and Jeff Greene

*In Florida, Congressman Kendrick B. Meek has defeated billionaire Jeff Greene on Tuesday in a bitterly fought U.S. Senate primary.

In November, if he wins again, Meek will be the state’s first black senator.

Meek was outspent by an estimated 5-to-1 ratio and at one point fell behind in the polls after Greene entered the race on the last possible day and began flooding the state with television ads.

The race was often nasty, with Greene calling Meek corrupt and Meek saying Greene bet against Floridians when he made investments that earned him hundreds of millions of dollars in the housing market’s collapse.

Meek will now face Republican Marco Rubio and independent Gov. Charlie Crist in the general election.

“Floridians sent a clear message – they want a real Democrat representing them in the U.S. Senate,” Meek  said. “The naysayers said we couldn’t beat a billionaire, and tonight with your help, we proved them wrong.” Poking at both Crist and Rubio without naming them, he added: “Floridians want leaders who will fight for them all the time, not just when it helps their own political career or advances an extreme philosophy.”