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SPTimes: Charlie Crist trails Marco Rubio in fundraising, but has much more in the bank

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Charlie Crist got swamped by rival Marco Rubio in the latest round of their fundraising battle for U.S. Senate, but Thursday’s reporting deadline revealed a major upside for Crist:

He has about twice as much cash on hand as Rubio — $8.2 million to $4.4 million.

The numbers take a bit of the shine off Rubio’s record-breaking $4.5 million haul for the past three months. In comparison, Crist raised $1.8 million, which exceeds the $1.1 million from the last period, before he left the Republican party.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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