Marco's millions (and what it means)

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Friday, April 9, 2010; 3:41 PM

Money isn't everything in politics. But it's dang close. Witness former state House Speaker Marco Rubio's (R) remarkable $3.6 million raised for his Senate bid over the first three months of the year. Rubio, as recently as six months ago, was seen as the decided underdog in his primary fight against popular (and well funded) Gov. Charlie Crist. But, Crist has faltered badly in the intervening months -- primarily as he tried unsuccessful to defend his support for the economic stimulus package -- while Rubio has grown into a national conservative cause celebre. (In case you missed that development, go back and watch Rubio's speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February.) The divergent political paths of Rubio and Crist can be documented neatly in the opposite arcs of their respective fundraising. First, Rubio: 1st quarter 2009 (Jan. 1-March 31): $254,000 raised 2nd quarter 2009 (April 1-June 30): $350,000


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