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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics



Winner of the week

Marco Rubio. After 2010, he was hailed as the GOP savior. After his immigration reform performance of 2013, he looked like a flash in the pan. Now, after high-profile denunciations of repression by Venezuelan leaders, Rubio reminds many opinion leaders on the right that he remains the most inspiring orator among the potential 2016 GOP contenders.

Loser of the week

David Jolly. His campaign has raised less than half that of Democrat Alex Sink, meaning the candidate claiming to be the local one is relying mostly on out-of-state GOP groups to get his message out. On top of that, GOP absentee ballot returns have his side worried, and his over-the-top attacks that Sink is a bigot for saying undocumented immigrants often work as landscapers and hotel cleaners hardly suggests confidence on his part in the final stretch.

[Last modified: Sunday, March 2, 2014 4:05pm]


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