July 9th, 2010
06:04 PM ET
12 years ago

Marco Rubio claims win in big race: the number of Facebook 'friends'

[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.

Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida • Marco Rubio
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  1. Hugo

    God this just keeps getting better and better...
    Aren't any of you Obama supporters looking at the CBO reports at what Obamacare is going to cost us and what it is already doing to the healthcare industry? Small businesses are being burdened with hundreds of thousands in costs to complete IRS forms with regard to documenting workers coverage, not coverage. Medicaid participating providers are already dropping those patients for lack of payment and/or underpayment for services rendered, now who would that effect you may ask? The elderly you may answer, now if they can't get care in the private sector where do they go you may ask? To a Hospital Emergency room you may answer, where their care is rationed and bureaucrats determine who lives and who dies... and you all said Sarah Palin lied, Welcome to Obama world sheep turds!

    July 9, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  2. Sharron

    Doesn't matter how many friends he has on Facebook it they aren't all in Florida (where the voting will count) then what makes him think he is a winner.........

    July 9, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  3. David Scott

    This man is a political LOSER. A sarah palin wannabe.... in other words, a stupid, lying rip-publican whose only chance is to win by being the
    BIGGEST moron of the rip-publican party.

    July 9, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. GL

    You should never count your eyes before they hack.

    July 9, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  5. GL

    Rubio's bragging about Facebook "friends."

    Hey weasel counting your eggs before they hatch is foolish.

    July 9, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. Ed FL

    Rubio is just another Dade county crooked politician. They can only get elected county wide and the county is the highest rated in Medicare fraud in the country. think Arizona is bad look at what has been going on in miami for 50 yrs . All the refugees came here received free medical deucational and food assistance ,became well off and i will bet that very few if any paid back any of the benefits they received instead continue to use old folks Social security numbers for fraud purposes and buy votes from inelegible citizens. Rubio until he just got caught had a home in foreclosure and used GOP credit cards to fix his house cars and transport his family. Not a chance in[ hell ]that he can get votes outside of the miami area.The red necks in northe west florida laugh about him.

    July 9, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. Ken in NC

    Gov. Crist is the man. He will be the next Senator from Florida. I'll vote for him early and often.

    July 9, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. vwrtb

    Can we talk about good paying jobs for once... everything else is simply disgusting..

    July 9, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. Larry D FL

    Whoopie do....more FB friends! Very powerful guy here. I'm not even a Repub and I'd vote for Christ over this tool. Keep praying for "limited" government and when the time comes you need the Fed's help (next hurricane perhaps), take care of yourself. If Gov't is too big, perhaps they don't need you either.

    July 9, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. Robert

    Rubio was a reliable, bought-and-paid-for vote for Miami real-estate developers when he was getting his start as a local politician. His strong flag-waving ideological leanings are a new thing. His politics are simply about whoever is picking up his tab. Now he's got the national flag to wrap the corruption in. Don't send another one of these in Washington, please.

    July 9, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
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