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Meet the winner and loser of the week



Browning_2 CristWinner of the week: Kurt Browning: Florida's secretary of state, the widely respected face of the state's election system, is our winner for overseeing an election that, at long last, went smoothly. They're still counting votes in Alaska and Minnesota, so maybe it's time to retire the Flori-duh image and let another state be the election laughingstock.

Loser of the week: Gov. Charlie Crist: There was a time when we would have expected Crist to dominate an event like a Republican Governors Association meeting held in his state and drawing an army of national reporters. But Crist wound up overshadowed not only by Sarah Palin but also by fellow 2012 presidential prospects like Govs. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Haley Barbour of Mississippi. Crist did not speak until after many reporters already had left. And even John McCain, appearing on the Tonight Show last week and talking about future GOP leaders, left Crist off his list, which included Palin, Pawlenty and Jindal.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 4:47pm]


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