When Mel Martinez suddenly retired, Florida governor Charlie Crist appointed George LeMieux to the U.S. Senate.
Some will cry, “betrayal!,” but it’s worth noting that Crist left the GOP; LeMieux isn’t obligated to leave with him.
Demonstrating his growing grassroots momentum, U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL) today announced that his campaign raised over $4.5 million during the second quarter of 2010, eclipsing Charlie Crist’s state fundraising record for a single quarter. To date, over 75,000 donors have fueled the campaign with an average contribution of under $86.
In making this announcement, Rubio issued the following statement:
“With each supporter and idea, our campaign continues to prove that Floridians want their next U.S. senator to be a check and balance against Washington’s big spending agenda, while offering a clear, conservative alternative. I continue to be humbled and energized by the outpouring of support we’re receiving from voters who recognize that I’m the only candidate in this race who will go to Washington, stand up to the big spenders in both parties and preserve the limited government principles that have made America exceptional.
“A year ago, many were convinced that a principled campaign against the big spending Obama-Pelosi-Crist-Meek agenda stood no chance in the face of better-funded and more popular opponents. A year later, I’m thankful that our supporters have always understood what the stakes are in this election and have rallied behind us to create this movement. Today’s announcement marks another important grassroots milestone on our way to ensuring our message is heard loud and clear throughout Florida this fall.”
BY THE NUMBERS: RUBIO’S RECORD FUNDRAISING
Total donors to date: Over 75,000
Donors not maxed out: 99 percent
Average contribution in Q2: $85.20
Average contribution to date: $85.94
Raised online to date: $1.3 million
Raised in Q2: Over $4.5 million
Total raised to date: Over $11 million