By: Brendan Farrington
By: Brendan Farrington

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Democrat Kendrick Meek is turning in his final petitions to become the first U.S. Senate candidate to qualify for the Florida ballot by gathering signatures.

Meek and his supporters are bringing the final petitions to supervisors of elections around the state on Monday. His campaign says more than 145,000 signatures were collected. More than 112,000 signatures are needed to get on the ballot.

Meek says the petition process has helped bring him in contact with voters across the state and allowed him to learn about their concerns.

The Miami congressman began the effort last April in Orlando. He had the option of writing a check for roughly $10,000 to qualify for the ballot.

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