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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics

Published Apr. 8, 2014

Winner of the week

Lizbeth Benacquisto. In a tough GOP primary for a southwest Florida congressional seat, the state senator from Fort Myers last week drew Sarah Palin to headline a fundraiser. Palin then went on Fox News to gush over Benacquisto to Sean Hannity.

Loser of the week

Ken Detzner. The secretary of state had already earned loads of scorn from local elections officials for ham-fisted efforts to remove voters from Florida's voter rolls. Last week, a federal appeals court dinged his reputation further, ruling that his office violated the law by launching the mistake-prone effort so close to the 2012 election.