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Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics



Winner of the week - Jeff Atwater.

Florida's Republican chief financial officer is back to flirting with a run for the U.S. Senate, and the latest Florida Insider Poll shows that most of the political establishment thinks he would win the nomination and be the strongest candidate for the general election.

Loser of the week - Jeff Atwater.

Last year, Atwater decided he wanted to become president of Florida Atlantic University, but was rejected after a supposedly weak job interview. This year, he told everybody that he intended to run for U.S. Senate — but then bailed. Now he has cracked the door open to run again — and ensured that lower-tier Republicans who had enough backbone to get in the race early on will have trouble raising money while Atwater plays Hamlet.

[Last modified: Sunday, October 4, 2015 4:34pm]


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