AFL-CIO gives full endorsement to Meek

The Florida AFL-CIO on Sunday endorsed Democratic candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek in the race for the Sunshine State's open Senate seat, the Palm Beach Post reported.

The largest union group in the state, and the country, was considering splitting its endorsement between Meek and Independent candidate Gov. Charlie Crist, a former Republican.

Crist, who recently left the Republican Party to launch an Independent bid after it became clear he would lose the GOP nomination to Republican candidate Marco RubioMarco RubioSenators express 'grave concerns' about ObamaCare 'bailout' Obama nominates ambassador to Cuba Rubio praises Marlins pitcher José Fernández on Senate floor MORE, actively sought the labor coalition's endorsement.

But the announcement is a big win for Meek, who will now receive the group's full support, while facing a primary against billionaire Jeff Greene. 

The AFL-CIO considered supporting Crist because of his strong ties to public school teachers, who make up over half of the Florida group.