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Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics



Winner of the week

Rick Kriseman. Once widely dismissed as a barely viable mayoral candidate, the former state representative finished just behind incumbent St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster in the primary last week and looks poised to give Foster a serious challenge. What did Foster decide to do after 60 percent of the city voted for someone else? Take a few days off and relax.

Loser of the week

Marco Rubio. Who'da thunk the once-golden child of the GOP would come to his home state and find a bunch of conservative activists no longer all that thrilled with him. Immigration reform has hurt him. Feeding the sense that he no longer feels confident in his political footing, the normally hawkish Rubio last week released a vague and mushy statement about Syria.

[Last modified: Sunday, September 1, 2013 7:41pm]


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