Published: Oct 31, 2010 3:38 AM EDT
Updated: Oct 31, 2010 12:29 AM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. - A new twist in the three-way race for Florida's open U.S. Senate seat. Kendrick Meek's campaign is releasing a voicemail from fellow candidate Charlie Crist...once again, putting the pressure for Meek to drop out of the race.

"Hey Kendrick, it's Charlie. It's a little before 5 a.m. on Monday morning," the voicemail starts.

Meek says he got the voicemail from a chipper Charlie Crist at a quarter to 5 Monday morning. Meek says he was sleeping, telling media outlets he doesn't talk politics before daybreak. In the message, Crist says he's returning Meek's call, and wants to touch base.

"Anyway, I'll call you later this morning and see if we can work out a time to get together, just you and me. Alright buddy, appreciate it, buh bye," Crist said.

In the voicemail, Crist says he'll meet Meek at a Hollywood, Florida campaign event both candidates were scheduled to attend. That's where Meek says Crist pressured him to drop out of the Senate race...even offering him a family heirloom.

"I came off the stage and he asked me to consider getting out of the race and I told him that was a non-starter, I'm running for this office people are planning to vote, and then he reached in his pocket and said his sister gave him this cross and he told me he wanted to give it to me," Meek said.

Meek declined the gift, and says he's staying in the race through Election Day. He says he's not caving to pressure to drop out of the Senate race, in order to give Crist an edge over Republican candidate Marco Rubio.

"I think it's wrong to try and paint me into a corner and say I'm the reason why he's not winning. I don't blame the position of my campaign at any time on any other opponent," Meek said.

Meek continues to deny published reports that former President Bill Clinton also asked him to drop out of the Senate race.