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GOP to spend $2.5 mil on Rubio

Narrowing Charlie Crist's financial advantage and putting pressure on national Democrats to put up or shut up on Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is pumping $2.5-million - the maximum allowed under federal law - into campaign advertising to be coordinated with Marco Rubio's Senate campaign. This is the same party committee, you'll remember, that embraced Crist as it's nominee the moment he announce and tried to muscle out Rubio. Illinois is the only other state so far to get that kind of NRSC commitment.

As of August Crist had more than $8-million on hand compared to nearly $4.5-million for Rubio, and the NRSC's investment underscores Crist's challenge of competing against two different parties and their voter mobilization and fundraising machinery well established.

-- ADAM C. SMITH

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