[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/05/art.rubio0505.gi.jpg caption="Marco Rubio has more Facebook friends than his Florida rivals."]Washington (CNN) - And the winner is…Marco Rubio.
The Republican candidate has not won the Florida Senate seat he is battling for. That election is not until November. But Rubio's campaign is bragging that it's currently winning another race that many Americans obsess over: who has more Facebook friends.
Rubio is vying for the Senate seat against Gov. Charlie Crist, who is mounting an independent bid after dropping out of the GOP primary, and two Democrats fighting for their party's nomination, Rep. Kendrick Meek and billionaire real estate developer Jeff Greene.
Rubio's campaign circulated a statement on Friday announcing that the candidate is beating his opponents in the oft-bragged-about measure of "friends" on the popular social networking site. The current score: Rubio 101,202, Crist 26,702 and Meek 17,328. Greene's Facebook profile does not publicly list his number of "friends."
The Rubio campaign is calling the 100,000+ mark a "milestone." In a statement, the campaign added, "With his grassroots momentum surging, Rubio currently has more Facebook friends than any other 2010 U.S. Senate candidate."
"I'm proud of the support our limited government message has generated and how Facebook has been and continues to be an important forum for idea-based debates about our country's future," Rubio said in the statement.
Rubio's opponents might not click the "like" button on his page or join any Rubio fan "group," two things Facebook users often do to show their approval.
Paul Blank, spokesman for Greene's campaign, told CNN, "I don't think it means very much."
"Rubio is a far right Republican and his views do not reflect the views of mainstream Florida voters," Blank added. "The important number for us is how many thousands of people are moving to Jeff [Greene's] campaign because they're fed up and frustrated with Washington."
Crist's campaign did not respond to CNN.
But Adam Sharon, press secretary for the Meek campaign, essentially dismissed Rubio's bragging about Facebook "friends."
"Facebook fans from Phoenix don't win elections in Florida," Sharon said, noting that a number of Rubio's "friends" do not live in the state.