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Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics



Winner of the week

Rick Scott. Florida's economic numbers keep improving, and with them so do the governor's re-election prospects. A Tampa Bay Times Florida Insider Poll of more than 120 of Florida's savviest politicos found for the first time a majority expect Scott to win a second term.

Loser of the week

Steve Southerland. The Republican Panama City congressman, already facing a potentially tough challenge from Democrat Gwen Graham (Bob Graham's daughter), handed opponents an opportunity to cast him as more interested in currying tea party favor than representing middle-class farmers in his district. Southerland effectively killed reauthorization of the farm bill with a controversial last-minute amendment aimed at increasing work requirements for food stamp recipients.

[Last modified: Sunday, June 30, 2013 3:25pm]


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