Washington (CNN) – Florida Gov. Charlie Crist narrowly outraised rival Marco Rubio the past three months in their battle for the Republican senate nomination. But Crist maintains a wide lead over Rubio, the former Florida House Speaker, when it comes to campaign cash on hand.
The Crist Campaign announced Tuesday morning that they raised over $2 million in contributions for the fourth quarter of 2009, with just over $7.5 million cash on hand.
"We have received phenomenal and broad support from Florida voters," said Crist Campaign Manager Eric Eikenberg in a statement.
The Rubio campaign reported that it raised $1.75 million the past three months, with approximately $2 million in the bank.
"We're on pace in meeting our goals, and I am as confident as ever that we will have the resources to deliver our message and be successful," said Rubio in a statement.
The campaigns reporting of their cash figures comes just hours after the release of a Quinnipiac University poll that indicates that Rubio leads Crist 47 percent to 44 percent in the GOP primary matchup. Rubio's 3-point advantage is within the poll's sampling error, but regardless, this is a major change from last year, when Crist led Rubio by 15 points in October, 29 points in August, and 31 points in June, according to Quinnipiac surveys.
The senate seat once belonged to Republican Mel Martinez, who stepped down from office last September. Crist, in his capacity as governor of Florida, named former aide Greg Lemieux as the interim replacement.
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Do you wing-nuts know who was responsible for signing over Tarp 1 ($700 million) *without* any sort of discretion over to the former banker from Goldman Sachs? Of course you don't because Fox News hasn't told you to think about it. HINT: His initials are George W Bush.
We need strong unions in Florida and Texas.
Heck, I will donate to Crist so Rubio is not the candidate!
The Teabaggers are loud but they are NOT the majority!
What's happened to MODERATE Republicans???
You can't let the crazies own your party! Americans wont vote for the wing-nuts.
What ever happened to the young Bushie that was going to be King of Florida?
Go marc rubio lets get rid of all the uneducated non speaking english
fools in florida and send them back to cuba and haiti you know what
our great religious leader pat roberts said that they made a pack with the devil
Do you wing-nuts know who was responsible for signing over Tarp 1 ($700 million) *without* any sort of discretion over to the former banker from Goldman Sachs?
We know. Let me share what else we know
1. We know we were promised tranparency, we got closed door secret meetings with the unions instead
2. We were promised negotiations on CSPAN, we are still waiting!
3. Yes Bush started TARP but Obama continued it and is STILL talking about a second round of stimulus!
4. We were promised no new taxes on those making $250K or less. New taxes are coming! Taxes and fees on banks WILL be passed on to us!
4. Your party delivered a lot of promises and thats about all, promises. Just words? Just speeches? in a word...YES!
5. If I 'm lying, then explain the buyers remorse around this country!
A right wing Cuban Extremist. Be very afraid.
Allowing a Monolopy and FactCheck are both right on the money. We also need campaign finance reform NOW!!!
Good, now BOTH of you politicians take that money and put it to use to HELP PEOPLE, not yourselves WIN. It's amazing to me how much money we can "raise" to get people elected, and how that contrasts the bankrupt state of our states and nation....CAMPAIGN REFORM NOW!!!
For "FactCheck": Don't you recall just last year when President-elect Obama okayed the TARP? Sure you don't.