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Florida Election results 2010: Marco Rubio beats Meek, Crist to claim Senate seat

Washington Post Staff
Tuesday, November 2, 2010; 8:38 PM

Florida Senate election results came in early:

In Florida, Republican Marco Rubio, another tea-party-backed candidate, cruised to a Senate victory against Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) and Gov. Charlie Crist, who quit the GOP to run as an independent.

The race for Governor finally has has a winner too:

Wealthy businessman Rick Scott (R) will be the next governor of Florida after state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink (D) conceded this morning, handing Republicans a victory in one of the marquee gubernatorial contests in the country.

Sink's concession came as raw vote totals showed her trailing Scott by roughly 50,000 votes out of more than five million cast.

PostPolitics preview of the races had reported:

It's a tumultuous election year in Florida. In the race for governor, health-care executive Republican Rick Scott, right, who has spent more than $60 million of his fortune, is in a close fight with Democrat Alex Sink, Florida's chief financial officer.

In the three-way race for Senate, former state House speaker Marco Rubio is poised for a win against Democrat Kendrick B. Meek. Gov. Charlie Crist has struggled to gain traction since leaving the GOP to run as an independent.

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CONTRIBUTORS: The state previews were written and compiled by Washington Post staff writers Chris Cillizza, Dan Balz, Amy Gardner, Shailagh Murray, Paul Kane, Aaron Blake, Felicia Sonmez, Ben Pershing and Perry Bacon Jr. PHOTOGRAPHS: The photographs were taken by The Washington Post, Associated Press, Reuters and Getty Images photographers.

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