April 7th, 2010
10:42 AM ET
12 years ago

Rubio reports $3.6 million cash haul

(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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Filed under: Charlie Crist • Marco Rubio
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Jin

    Has this young man ever heard of tokenism? The repugnicans will use him up and throw him out.

    April 7, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Ben in Texas

    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.

    April 7, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. TheTruthForOnce, NOT BS

    A lot of right wing hatred money pouring in! Praise be to God!

    April 7, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Interesting, how much money will be given to a candidate already shown to have ethics issues.

    April 7, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Ramon F. Herrera

    I have always said that Marco "Pretty Boy" Rubio is a HINO (or is it LINO?)

    April 7, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. Michael from Ventura

    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.

    April 7, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. Floria Republicans against Crist!

    Crist is done. Put a fork in him!

    April 7, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. Edna

    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.

    April 7, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    I wonder how much of it he will be spending on spa treatments.

    April 7, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  10. hongli

    Which Bank did he rob?

    April 7, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |

    i smell a RAT!

    April 7, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. frank

    Only problem is, $3.59 million will go towards his credit card expenses. Mostly for bad haircuts.

    April 7, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. Jane (Minnesota)

    A fool and their money...................

    April 7, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Monrob

    Rubio... this Cuban is another Fulgencio Batista in the making.


    April 7, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. Beth

    I'm voting for Kendrick Meek.

    April 7, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |