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Crist has blown through his millions, running on fumes



Charlie Crist's once sizable financial advantage has collapsed, the potential for him to finish up the campaign with a massive TV buy gone. The independent U.S. Senate candidate spent $7.4-million since Aug. 5, and as of Oct 1, had just $1.39-million on hand, according to his latest campaign report.

Rivals studying his TV buys had worried Crist might be prepared to spend millions in a last-minute TV blitz, but now it appears Crist has little ammunition left. The best and last chance to shake up the race may be Sunday morning's U.S. Senate debate and another NBC debate Tuesday, but Rubio to date has never been knocked much off balance in debates.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 21, 2010 1:00pm]


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