(CNN) - Marco Rubio announced Wednesday that he's raised $3.6 million in the first three months of the year in his bid for the U.S. Senate in Florida.
The former Florida House speaker is battling Gov. Charlie Crist for the Republican party's Senate nomination.
The Rubio campaign says nearly all of the money brought in during the first quarter is designated for the primary campaign. Florida holds its primary on August 24.
The Crist campaign has not yet released its fundraising totals for the first three months of the year. Crist entered 2010 with a significant cash advantage over Rubio.
"I continue to be humbled and energized by the outpouring of support we're receiving from voters who deserve leaders willing to defend the principles that have made America an exceptional nation," says Rubio in an e-mail release. "Above all, we're encouraged by the strength of our limited government message and its ability to rally people around our cause. Today's announcement is a product of grassroots supporters that are stepping up to ensure we have the resources needed to promote this message throughout Florida."
Last summer Crist held a wide advantage over Rubio in public opinion polls in Florida, but Rubio's numbers have surged and he leads Crist by double digits in most recent surveys.
Rubio's support from conservative voters has helped fuel his rise in the polls.
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Has this young man ever heard of tokenism? The repugnicans will use him up and throw him out.
I wonder how much of that "haul", as CNN is fond of saying, was charged by Rubio on somebody else's credit card? There may be people contributing to his candidacy that have no idea they are doing so.
A lot of right wing hatred money pouring in! Praise be to God!
Interesting, how much money will be given to a candidate already shown to have ethics issues.
I have always said that Marco "Pretty Boy" Rubio is a HINO (or is it LINO?)
This is NOT surprising. The wingnuts financially support other wingnuts. Too bad some of their millions can't go to causes that actually HELP people.
Crist is done. Put a fork in him!
Republicans think Rubio will win the Senate seat and thwart President Obama's agenda in the Senate. He will just be another Scott Brown. Our President will accomplish what he needs to for the good of the American people. These right wingnuts are just a pain in the butt that President Obama has to go around to do what he needs to in order to fight for us, the American people. I am so glad that Obama became our President, someone who is genuinely interested in solving this country's problems.
I wonder how much of it he will be spending on spa treatments.
Which Bank did he rob?
i smell a RAT!
Only problem is, $3.59 million will go towards his credit card expenses. Mostly for bad haircuts.
A fool and their money...................
Rubio... this Cuban is another Fulgencio Batista in the making.
I'm voting for Kendrick Meek.