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Winner and loser of the Week in Fla politics



Winner of the week:
Any Republican candidate in Florida. The debacle with the Affordable Care Act implementation potentially could be a serious drag on Democrats up and down the ticket.

Loser of the week
Bill Nelson. Florida’s senior senator and senior Democrat is playing it cute with the governor’s race: On the one hand, he’s publicly saying he has no plans to run for governor. On the other, his chief of staff, Pete Mitchell, is signalling to some top fundraisers that they should keep their powder dry in case Charlie Crist struggles and Nelson decides at the last minute to jump in. We're already hearing prominent Democrats grumbling about Nelson undercutting the likely Democratic nominee when the party has its best shot in decades to win back the governor’s mansion.

[Last modified: Friday, November 15, 2013 3:38pm]


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