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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



ScottRick Winner of the week: Rick Scott. Nobody had heard of him a couple months ago, but after $14-million in TV and radio ads, the controversial health care executive last week officially became the frontunner the the Republican gubernatorial nomination. A Quinnipiac University poll released last week showed Scott leading Attorney General Bill McCollum by 13 percentage points. Anybody see an easy road back for McCollum? "If Bill McCollum has any aces up his sleeve, he better start playing them, and quick,'' said GOP strategist John Wehrung, noting Scott's ads effectively countering the Medicare fraud controversy and his solid jabs at McCollum on illegal immigration. "You can't bluff a guy with good cards on the table and more than enough chips to buy the pot."

Loser of the week: Alex Sink. Between the scandal and Sink Rick Scott’s surge, the last few weeks have been brutal for Bill McCollum. But rather than enjoy the tough GOP primary, Sink suddenly faces a very real threat that independent candidate Lawton “Bud” Chiles could siphon off enough Democratic votes to deliver the governor’s mansion to Scott or McCollum. 

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 10:42am]


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