Updated 9:45 p.m. ET
CBS News projects that Republican Marco Rubio will win in the Senate race in Florida.
It's a major victory for the Tea Party favorite as Rubio beat the Independent Gov. candidate Charlie Crist, and Democratic Congressman Kendrick Meek.
Rubio is a fiscal conservative that hopes to reinstate Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and slash taxes on corporations, estates, and capital gains.
The 39-year-old, second generation, Cuban American rose quickly in Florida politics but not without controversy.
During the campaign he was accused of racking up over $100,000 in charges on GOP credit cards for personal use. He said the charges were legitimate.
Florida voters, it seems, agreed.
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