Published: Oct 09, 2010 3:23 AM EDT
Updated: Oct 09, 2010 12:24 AM EDT

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - The three way race for Florida's Senate seat has increasingly become a race for second place. Most polls show Republican Marco Rubio growing his lead in the race, but that doesn't mean he's cutting back on his campaign stops across the state. 

Rubio met with a group of supporters here at Gilchrist park. It was the first of two stops in Southwest Florida. The Republican hopeful is hitting the final weeks of his campaign on a high note touring the state that included stops in Tampa and St. Petersburg Friday.

He was greeted by supporters who gathered on lawn chairs and was joined by his wife and 4 children.  Rubio is enjoying a double digit lead over rivals Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek and earlier this week his campaign announced they raised $5 million last quarter.

His campaign also announced they raised 5 million dollars last quarter.

Rubio will spend the night in Fort Myers and has another campaign stop in Naples on Saturday.

Early voting starts on October 18 and election day is on November 2.