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Winner and LoserS of the week in Florida Politics



Winner of the week: National Republican Senatorial Committee. After weeks of cajoling, wheedling, plotting, flattering, and orchestrating it looks like NRSC is about to get its way - Marco Rubio running for reelection and turning a tossup Senate seat into one leaning to the GOP.

Loser of the week: Carlos Lopez-Cantera. The lt. Gov. spent a year campaigning for U.S. Senate, unable to convince anyone -- not even his running mate Rick Scott - that he was formidible. With the smoke barely clear from the Orlando massacre, he asked his old pal Marco Rubio to take the wheel.

Runner up loser 1: Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Bernie wants her out at the DNC, the AFL_CIO wouldn't endorse her, and her underdog primary opponent has her scared enough to be waffling about ever debating him.

Runner up loser 2: Charlie Crist. So much for walking effortlessly into Congress. He's still the clear favorite, but David Jolly will make him work for it.

Runner up loser 3: Ted Yoho. Great timing with that Donald Trump endorsement, Ted - just as the Trump train is on the verge of falling off the tracks.

Runner up loser 4: Pam Bondi. She was supposed to be a polished TV personality with a future on Fox News. Turns out she practically falls apart from questions from Anderson Cooper that she hadn't agreed to answer in advance.

[Last modified: Sunday, June 19, 2016 11:47am]


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