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232 media outlets -- and counting -- with Rubio on Election Night

ImagesPerhaps the most sought-after press credential in the country on Nov. 2: Republican Senate frontrunner Marco Rubio's party at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

As of yesterday, the campaign had received requests from 232 media outlets. That includes 35 television cameras (of which 17 are from Florida) , network crews from NBC, ABC, FOX, CNN, the BBC, NPR, Univision and Al Arabiya, and 75 members of the foreign press -- radio reporters from the Czech Republic, West Africa, China;  TV crews from The Congo, Columbia, Japan, France, Spain; and  print reporters from Germany, New Zealand, Argentina and the UK.

To say Rubio has come a long way is a massive understatement. Miami lobbyist Ana Navarro recalled his first fundraiser at the Biltmore, early on in the campaign, when turnout collided with expectations and the reception was downsized three times from a ballroom to a small meeting room.

"It was a small little group of renegades,'' said Navarro, whose boyfriend Gene Prescott runs the hotel. "Now we are building a four-tier press riser and worrying whether people wil fit.'