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The Hoopster scores well

Race Winners Hoop's Handicap
U.S. House

District 9

Gus Bilirakis

Swish. Now Bilirakis needs to become a bigger force in Washington. Lead instead of follow.
U.S. House

District 11

Kathy Castor

Swish. Castor wins, but GOP wave weakens her power in House.
U.S. House

District 12

Dennis Ross

Brick. Congressman, don't forget your district includes East Hillsborough.
School Board

District 4

Stacy White

Swish. Board gains an "outsider" voice, but how will he be received by staff?
School Board

District 7

April Griffin

Swish. Griffin's strength is her independence.
State Senate

District 10

Ronda Storms

Swish. Storms has clout to be a force in Tallahassee as it shifts to the right.
State House

District 56

Rachel Burgin

Swish. Now in her second term, Burgin should establish an independent voice.
County Commission District 1

Sandy Murman

Swish. Murman's win part of a surprising shift to the right in South Tampa.
County Commission District 2

Victor Crist

Swish. Keep an eye on Crist, who brings Tallahassee savvy to the board.
County Commission District 3

Les Miller

Swish. Miller seen as better than Kevin White, but can he fulfill promise?
County Commission District 5

Ken Hagan

Swish. Hagan becomes dean of the board, but may not remain the chair.
County Commission District 7

Mark Sharpe

Swish. Now Sharpe must get the board to deal with transportation, again.

In our most recent editions, we gave you snapshots of key political races involving the South Shore and Brandon area, replete with Hoop's Handicaps: predictions from columnist Ernest Hooper. Now that the final picture has developed, we do an assessment of the races and find out whether Hoop hit his mark.

Swish means he got it right, and brick means his shot clanged off the rim. We'll try not to let his accuracy go to his head.

The Hoopster scores well 11/04/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 5, 2010 2:21pm]
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