On “Morning Joe,” Mark Halperin says there’s reason to believe Meek did consider dropping out but then backed down.
Halperin: “And in the context of the fight for the Senate imagine if people thought Republicans were on track to win 10 Senate seats and take the majority and this battle in Florida was over whether they would or not. This would be an even bigger story than it is. But it’s not impossible that this could be the 10th Senate seat under some scenarios if Republicans end up doing better in a few states than we think they are right now. Meek never had a chance to win this race, doesn’t have a chance today. The reason Bill Clinton got involved, I’m quite sure, is because he has been a supporter of Meek. He’s raised money for him, they’re friends. And he has the standing as our first black president to have gone to Meek and tried to make this happen. It fell apart. Meek’s parsing his words. It’s clear this was on the table and it’s clear, I have every reason to believe that the sources who say Meek had a tougher time agreed to this and then backed down.”