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In Florida and nationally, Republicans can't find a giant killer



Times political editor Adam C. Smith with a great column on the current election landscape:

Something peculiar is going on with the Republican party, nationally and in Florida. After a phenomenally successful 2010, Republicans can't seem to find any giant killers to take on Barack Obama or Bill Nelson.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's surprise decision this week not to run for president was just the latest reminder of how uncertain the GOP field remains and how many Republicans see Obama as tough to beat. Grass-roots activists look at Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty and pine for a star like Jeb Bush or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Meanwhile, the field challenging Democratic Sen. Nelson — George LeMieux, Mike Haridopolos and Adam Hasner — is sufficiently weak that activists continue to speculate about a wealthy self-funder jumping in, just as Rick Scott shocked the establishment by beating gubernatorial front-runner Bill McCollum in 2010. Read more here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 26, 2011 8:58pm]


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