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Winners and losers, obvious and not so obvious



So many winners and losers this week, obvious and not so obvious, there's no way could we pick just two. Let's get to work:

Winner: Rick Scott. A fellow most Floridians don't much like and nobody had heard of eight months ago is our governor-elect. Amazing.

Winner: Alex Sink. A fabulous candidate? Hardly. But in a year when no other Democrat running for statewide office could get within 10 points of a GOP opponent, Sink's narrow loss is something to be proud of.

Loser: Karen Thurman. Wave, shmave. The calls for her ouster as Florida Democratic chairwoman already are under way.

Winner: Jeb Bush. Charlie Crist went out of his way to snub him as soon as he took office. Well, it's Marco Rubio's mentor who's smiling now.

Loser: Bush's presidential ambitions. If he has them, he may have to get past a fresher-faced conservative star from Florida — a newly elected senator whose last name is not Bush. (more here)

[Last modified: Sunday, November 7, 2010 3:01pm]


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