Kendrick Meek's campaign manager, Abe Dyk, issued a denial Thursday night that former President Bill Clinton had convinced Meek twice last week to drop out of the state's three-way Senate race.

The campaign released a statement Thursday night after Politico's Ben Smith reported earlier Thursday evening that said scenario had unfolded.

The statement from Dyk:

"The article is not true. Kendrick Meek was never dropping out of this race, is never dropping out of this race, and will never drop out of this race. Kendrick Meek will always stand up for the middle class and will not leave Floridians a choice between two lifelong conservative Republicans who only stand with the special interests. Kendrick is the Democratic nominee so if anyone should drop out, it's Charlie Crist."

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