Marco Rubio thanked a half dozen supporters Thursday morning and called voters from a phone bank in a cramped Coral Gables office building plastered with handmade "Rubio for Senate" posters.
"Today feels like an election day," he told volunteers. But Thursday was "no celebration," he said. ''This is still an election. No one has cast any votes yet."
Rubio said his message and campaign strategy will stay the same, regardless of whether Gov. Charlie Crist continues to run as a Republican or as an Independent.
"To me it's not a factor. I knew when I started this race that my opponents supported the Obama liberal agenda," he said of Crist and Democratic frontrunner Kendrick Meek. "I just didn't realize I'd have to run against both of them at the same time."
- DAVID SMILEY