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Winner and loser of the week



Mrubio Winner of the week: Marco Rubio. He may look like a gnat besides Charlie Crist when fundraising numbers come out next week, but the longshot Republican U.S. Senate candidate seems to be doing everything right to be cast as the darling of movement conservatives across the country. "Rubio is the most impressive conservative leader I have met in a long time," South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint wrote last week, endorsing Rubio over Crist.

Loser of the week: U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas. The Chairman of the National Republican Pete-sessions Congressional Committee on paper should have a golden opportunity to pick off the strongly Republican Orlando-area Congressional District 24 that Democrat Suzanne Kosmas won in 2004. But so far, the best candidate they’ve recruited is a Winter Park City Commissioner, Karen Diebel, who spent the first days of her campaign denying that she is mentally unstable. Looks like Republicans see much better prospects against Alan Grayson, whose district leans considerably more Democratic.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:48pm]


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