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Marco Rubio cash haul = $3.6M



From a Marco Rubio e-mail forwarded to us:

Tomorrow we will report that we raised over $3.6 million in the first three months of 2010. Some key stats:

  • Over 95% of money is for primary
  • Over 95% of my donors are not maxed out (that is they are donors that can give again)
  • We have close to 50,000 donors now
  • Over $1 million raised online
Thanks for everything you have done for me. — MARCO

Numbers like that show that Rubio is heading into unbeatable territory (he's not there yet) in the Republican race against Gov. Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate. Yes, Crist was once the unbeatable one. But that was because he had all the money. And no, we don't yet know how much Crist raised. But it's tough to figure that a lame duck governor who already tapped big-money donors early on will be able to match Rubio, who opened a double-digit lead on the governor in recent weeks and shows no sign of stopping. Crist still leads in total cash. But for how long?

Expect Rubio's haul to fuel more speculation that Crist needs to run as an independent as the governor distances himself from some party leaders (as with yesterday's veto of a Republican fundraising bill). Not only would it enable Crist to blunt the wrath of the angry right, it would buy him more time to make his pitch that the economy is improving and he's not to blame. Also, by running as an indy, Crist can start spending his general money (more than a quarter of his cash) now. The idea of Crist running as an indy once seemed absurd. But so did the idea of Rubio taking him to the woodshed.

Marc Caputo


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:26am]


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