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Tuesday, October 6, 2009; 3:10 PM

1,000,000 That's -- roughly -- the amount of money that former Florida state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) raised over the past three months for his Senate candidacy, a sum that is likely to keep him within financial shouting distance of Gov. Charlie Crist (R) for the foreseeable future. "This is a strong statement about the direction you believe our Republican Party, our state and our nation should take," said Rubio in a release touting the numbers. Rubio's haul is a vast improvement on the lackluster $350,000 he collected between April 1 and June 30, a total that was dwarfed by Crist's massive $4.4 million. Even with his significantly improved fundraising over the last three months, Rubio is almost certain to be outraised by Crist in this and every quarter between now and the primary. But, what Rubio did with his fundraising showing over the past three months is


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