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Old-school Crist tries on new media

One of the biggest challenges for Gov. Charlie Crist as a non-partisan candidate for the U.S. Senate is going to be whether he can adjust to the new political landscape. Crist is a very traditional fundraiser who pries big checks out of donors hands the old-fashioned way.

But at his first fundraiser since defecting from the GOP, Crist signaled reluctant interest in the new political world order. He asked a campaign staffer, Mitch Wertheimer, to "tell them about all the Twitter and all that great stuff that you know that I don't have a clue about."

His appeal was followed by an e-mail campaign last week to raise "100K by 10 May...  $10, $25, $50, or even more -- whatever you can afford. Every dollar makes a huge difference." That's a far cry from the Crist of recent yesteryear, who would personally harangue donors -- along with their spouse, mother, client and second cousin -- to give the maximum contribution allowed

Rubio's campaign says he has raised more than $1 million on-line.