Former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio (R-Miami) reported that he has raised $3.6 million in the first quarter of 2010 for his U.S. Senate campaign. He is running against Gov. Crist in the Republican primary for the Senate seat currently held by appointed Republican Sen. George LeMieux.

Gov. Crist, who maintained a strong lead in fundraising throughout 2009, reported that he had raised $1.1 million in the first quarter of 2010.

In recent days, rumors have surfaced indicating that Gov. Crist was considering running for the Senate as an Independent or No Party Affiliation candidate. On April 8, 2010, the governor attempted to stop those rumors when his campaign manager, Erik Eikenberg, released an announcement stating, “To put these rumors to rest once and for all, as we have said countless times before, Governor Crist is running for the United States Senate as a Republican. He will not run as an Independent or as a No Party Affiliation.”

The filing deadline for the Senate race is April 30, 2010 at 12 noon