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Meek believes in 'the power of forgiveness'

At visits to several black churches in Miami-Dade this morning, U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick Meek told how the chaplain of the Tampa police department had recently asked him if he believed in the power of forgiveness.

It was a powerful question, coming at the tail end of a bitter Democratic primary with real estate investor Jeff Greene, in which Meek fought off attacks that he was "corrupt'' and countered that Greene was a "bad man."

"I know a lot has been said and a lot has been done in this primary election season,'' Meek told hundreds of worshippers at The Fountain in Miami Gardens. "My faith drives me to forgive everything that's been said so we can think clearly, so we can lead on behalf of this state."

Later he added, "I have to release (Greene) spiritually, and I've already done that. I'm at peace now with the things that have been said and done.''

Does forgiveness comes a little easier when the polls show him regaining his frontrunner status? "Hard work, paying off,'' Meek said.