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
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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.