Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics
Winner of the week
Charlie Crist. Looks like the Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat who has run for virtually every office under the sun will skate easily into Congress representing south Pinellas County now that Democrat Eric Lynn has dropped out of race to run instead for the state House.
Loser of the week
Janet Cruz. As if the state House Democratic leader from Tampa didn't face enough hurdles trying to gain legislative seats, now a potentially bitter and expensive Democratic primary she tried and failed to thwart between Eric Lynn and Ben Diamond could help Republicans pick off the south Pinellas seat being vacated by state Rep. Dwight Dudley.