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Winner and loser of the week in Fla politics

Published Jan. 29, 2012

ad.jpgWinner of the week: Florida broadcasters. These are tough times for many advertising budgets, but Florida's competitive primary did wonders for the bottom line of TV stations across the state. By the time the votes are tallied Tuesday, the campaigns and assorted political groups weighing in are expected to have spent about $20 million on TV commercials.gingrichdebate.jpg

Loser of the week: Newt Gingrich. He's a much more effective underdog than front-runner. In Florida, the bombastic debater who delighted Republicans in South Carolina looked more like the playground bully unprepared when somebody hits back