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Thrasher: Despite Jacksonville setback, GOP will be ready for 2012

The Buzz caught up with State Sen. John Thrasher, former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, and asked about GOP's stunning loss in the Jacksonville mayor's race.

"I'm obviously disappointed," said Thrasher, of St. Augustine. "The bottom line is we lost a close election and I hope Republicans understand that 2012 is right on us and we can’t take anything for granted."

But Thrasher said reports of the GOP's demise are overstated. "By 2012 we’ll be geared up. I think there's going to be a lot of energy in the state of Florida."

[Last modified: Friday, May 20, 2011 3:58pm]


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