Published: Aug 13, 2010 3:00 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 13, 2010 10:26 AM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The congressman who wants to be the next U.S. Senator for Florida, came to Naples and Fort Myers, riding a wave of improving poll numbers in his fight for nomination on the democratic ticket.

"I feel good, the message is going our way, and I am going to win on the 24th," said Kendrick Meek in an interview with WINK News.

He's battling millionaire Jeff Greene for the nomination, and the fight has been marked by a series of nasty negative ads.

"I am just pointing out the truth about Mr. Greene, and trying to defend myself," said Meek of the negative tone.    "I have been lied about, and I have to point out the inaccuracies in his ads."

Meek appeared before about 110 supporters in Ft. Myers.   The congressman from Miami says the campaign has been tough and unpredictable since Greene entered.

The latest Mason-Dixon Poll shows Meek leading Greene 33 to 29 percent.   That was very welcome news to Meek, who has trailed other polls by as much as 10 points.

Greene's spokesman told WINK:   "Meek is launching the false and negative attack ads.  He is a failure as a congressman, and does not deserve a term in the U.S. Senate."