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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics



Loser of the week

Carlos Beruff. The Bradenton builder has spent millions of his own dollars to win the GOP U.S. Senate nomination, much of it attacking front-runner Marco Rubio for not standing solidly enough behind Donald Trump. So what did Trump have to say while campaigning in Florida last week? "Go for Marco."

Loser of the week II

Patrick Murphy. Front-runners are often loath to participate in debates for fear of making a mistake or elevating their challengers. But Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy won the prize for phoniest excuse of the week, backing out of a debate with Alan Grayson citing unsubstantiated domestic abuse allegations against Grayson by his ex-wife. We get you're scared of getting trounced, Patrick, but wouldn't it be good to get some debate experience before you (probably) face Marco Rubio in a higher profile general election debate? Rubio's had plenty of practice on the big stage this year.

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[Last modified: Saturday, August 6, 2016 8:57pm]


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