Florida Gov. Crist grows campaign war chest

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist again trailed Republican Marco Rubio in fundraising this quarter. Crist raised $1.8 million in the last three months and now has $8.2 million banked for his Senate campaign, according to a release.

Rubio earlier reported that he raised $4.5 million in the last three months, but he has not yet revealed his cash on hand total.

Meanwhile, Democrat Kendrick Meek raised more than $1 million in the quarter and now has some $4 million banked.

One bright spot for Crist: His quarterly haul increased by some $650,000 from the $1.15 million he raised in the first three months of 2010. That increase came despite his decision to run as an Independent.

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