Rubio elected to U.S. Senate in rout of Crist, Meek
MIAMI — Floridians overwhelmingly elected Marco Rubio, the 39-year-old son of a bartender and Kmart stock clerk, to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, capping a tumultuous election and historic downfall of Gov. Charlie Crist. The Associated Press called the race for Rubio just after 8 p.m., when polls closed in the Panhandle.
Crist's unprecedented campaign as a nonpartisan candidate fell far short against the former state House speaker from West Miami and the conservative wave swept across the country. Rubio is now officially crowned as one of the brightest lights in the national GOP, which was underscored by the more than 200 media outlets who sought credentials for his victory party.