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Could Rubio's success boost Meek's cash flow?

Just back from a couple days on the road campaigning with U.S. Senate Democratic contender Kendrick Meek, who seemed alternately stunned and invigorated by Republican frontrunner Marco Rubio's latest $3.6 million haul.

Meek likes to say he doesn't spend a lot of time thinking about what the Republican candidates are doing, but he was more than a little curious about Rubio's fundraising total. "I guess that money bomb thing works,'' he said, referring to Rubio's time-released fundraising drives. "Interesting."

But later, he and other members of his campaign team were putting a positive spin on Rubio's fundraising prowess. As more Democrats and moderate Republicans realize that the increasingly conservative Rubio juggernaut is for real, and that Gov. Charlie Crist's fundraising monumental advantage is slipping away, more money will flow to team Meek, they said.

"The extreme right has made a choice about who they would like to see in the Senate,'' Meek said yesterday. "What he has committed to to raise that money is not going to help him in a general election atmosphere."

As for whether Crist will run as an independent, Meek was wary of being drawn into a discussion of political strategy.

"Whatever decision the governor makes is not going to affect my campaign to be the next senator from the state of Florida,'' he said. "But the script in many ways has been flipped on the governor and his ability to gain support within his own party."

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