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Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Trump and Scott

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Trump and Scott

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September

Winner of the week

Donald Trump. Except for a polling blip in July, Hillary Clinton has been the Florida frontrunner for months. Last week, though, the average of recent polls compiled by RealClearPolitics.com moved Trump barely ahead, with an average of 45.1 percent to 44.4 for Clinton.

Loser of the week

Rick Scott. "The time for politics is over," Gov. Rick Scott said of the Zika crisis during a Washington press conference. Seconds later, the governor expected to run against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in 2018 attacked Nelson for demanding a "clean" Zika funding bill. Sens. Nelson and Marco Rubio at least are steering clear of partisanship on this public health crisis, but that's not Scott's style.

[Last modified: Monday, September 19, 2016 9:50am]

    

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