Rubio declared winner of Florida's longest Senate contest as polls close

There are over 240 media representatives, from 12 different countries covering Rubio's campaign party tonight in Miami.  That's Obama like heat, so don't be surprised if presidential talk begins soon.

In the old days, that would be considered ridiculous, but just as Barack Obama spent only four years in the U.S. Senate (two of them, his critics say, running for President).

But think about it, who is a better face for the Tea Party fueled GOP? Sarah Palin, or the charismatic Cuban-American?

The only excitement for the rest of this race is whether or not how well, or poorly, Democrat Kendrick Meek will fare in comparison to Charlie Crist.

It's been a long, sprawling saga, and now it's over.

Marco Rubio has been declared by the Associated Press as the winner of the Florida U.S. Senate race, immediately after the polls closed in the Panhandle.

What that means is that though we're far from knowing what the final margin of victory will be, it ain't close.

Charlie Crist ally Mike Fasano, state Senator from New Port Richey, just congratulated Rubio while speaking on Bay News 9.

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