Published: Nov 03, 2010 4:00 PM EDT
Updated: Nov 03, 2010 1:54 AM EDT

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Republican Marco Rubio wins Florida's U.S. Senate seat. He beat out Independent Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek.

This race was called right when polls closed at 8:00 p.m.

In May of 2009, Rubio was down by 30 points. Tonight, he takes home that victory with a rather large margin: 50% of the vote considering it was a three-way race.

He took to the stage and said he had received congratulatory phone calls from both Meek and Crist and described both calls as being rather gracious.

"It is about whether we are going to be the first generation of Americans to leave our children worst off than ourselves... or the next generation that will allow them to inherit what they deserve...inherit what we inherited...give to them what every generation has given to the next... the single greatest nation in all of human history. God bless you and thank you, and God bless America," Rubio said.

"Marco Rubio makes me cry for joy," Jeb Bush said. "He makes me cry for joy because this is a great country and we need great leaders that inspire us to lift the cloud up above us so that we can be better and do better."