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Hurry up! Only 17 months till Election Day

Tomorrow is the last day for U.S. Senate candidates to boost their first-quarter totals, so the appeals are coming fast and furious. In a state as big and expensive as Florida, candidates are under pressure to prove their fundraising prowess right off the bat.

"Deadline -- TOMORROW'' says the e-mail from Democrat Dan Gelber, who has been trying to tamp down expectations by constantly emphasizing how little fundraising time he has outside of the legislative session in Tallahassee. 

Republican Marco Rubio, who won't commit to running for Senate so he can keep his options open for governor, is urging prospective donors to "beat the buzzer on this first big test on the strength of our effort.''

"Time is running out!'' cries Democrat Kendrick Meek., who is likely to have the best haul thanks to two fundraising appearances by former President Bill Clinton

Better hurry up -- the primary election isn't until Aug. 24, 2010.