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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Florida's winners and losers after Tuesday's elections

Nobody in Florida should be surprised by Tuesday's election results after watching long-shot Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio roar past Charlie Crist, who had been coronated by the GOP establishment; Crist was trailing so badly in the polls he dropped out of the primary.

Grass-roots enthusiasm easily trumps establishment support this year, when voters of all persuasions are fed up with the status quo.

So if you're an outsider Florida candidate like Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott or Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Greene, Tuesday's bellwether results should give you reason to smile. If you're a career politician like Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Kendrick Meek or Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill McCollum, you ought to be anxious.

Here's my column.

And here's Howard Troxler's column making fun of generalizations like mine.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:38am]


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