MIAMI (AP) - Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek says it was his independent opponent - not former President Bill Clinton - who suggested he drop out of Florida's Senate race.
Meek told CNN early Friday that Florida Gov. Charlie Crist previously had talked to him about abandoning his candidacy. Meek said he told the governor that he should drop out instead.
Crist bolted from the Republican Party to run for the Senate as an independent. Experts say he would need the Democrats backing Meek to have any chance of beating Republican front-runner Marco Rubio.
Meek is denying reports published Thursday that Clinton advised him to withdraw. He told CNN that such reports are "a part of the Crist strategy."
Polls indicate the Miami congressman has little chance of winning Tuesday.