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Crist Raises Less Than A Third Of Rubio's Haul In First Quarter 2010

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Back at the start of this race, Crist was widely assumed to be the eventual Republican nominee, compared to the current big lead that the more vocally conservative Rubio has in the Republican primary polls. But over the last six months, Rubio has picked up steam on his hard-line conservative message, and now enjoys an enormous lead in the polls. The TPM Poll Average gives Rubio a lead of 57.4%-29.1%.

Perhaps the single most important reason for Rubio's turnaround in polling -- and in current cash-flow -- was the key issue of Crist's support a year ago for President Obama's stimulus package.

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