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Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics



Winner of the week

Donald Trump. A new poll last week showed the part-time Floridian trailing Hillary Clinton by 8 points in must-win Florida, but the U.K.'s Brexit vote showed, yet again, that nothing is predictable in this election year and Trump's nationalist message resonates wider than pundits and perhaps pollsters realize. 

Runner-up: Carlos Beruff. He may be a longshot to beat Marco Rubio for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination, but every other Republican cleared the field for the wealthy Bradenton builder to face Rubio one-on-one.

Runner-up II: All those Local, state, and federal Florida candidates who, once qualifying closed Friday, saw they were effectively reelected without oppositon. That includes a dozen state senators and 30 state House members.

Loser of the week

Patrick Murphy. Democratic elites touted the young congressman as a mighty candidate for U.S. Senate. But every week more revelations emerge about Murphy inflating his resume, and every week it looks more and more like there's nothing there beyond daddy's checkbook.

 Runner-up: GOP consultants. Rubio's entry into the U.S. Senate race cost a bunch of Florida political operatives millions of dollars, as clients pulled the plug on their campaigns.

[Last modified: Sunday, June 26, 2016 8:58am]


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