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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



Winner of the week: Alex Sink. She barely lost the 2010 governor's race amid a Republican tidal wave, yet the Democratic former chief financial officer for months has been overshadowed as a Democratic prospect in 2014 by former Republican Charlie Crist. In a forceful interview last week, Sink made clear she's still a fighter and seriously considering another run.

Loser of the week: Marco Rubio. When the mere mention of your name draws jeers and boos at a tea party rally in Washington - and ridicule by Sarah Palin - it's an ominous sign for your 2016 presidential prospects. Rubio has done a yeoman's job trying to reassure conservative media outlets about immigration reform, but whatever happens with the bill, he may have lost his standing as tea party savior.

[Last modified: Monday, June 24, 2013 1:06pm]


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