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Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Free walks back into office, an MIA campaign, and vulnerable Hispanic congressional seats
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, tells students at a recent conference that AR-15 semiautomatic rifles are meant for killing, not hunting. The students who helped organize Saturday's March For Our Lives in Tampa are now trying to figure out their next moves with political leaders like Nelson and  U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, tells students at a recent conference that AR-15 semiautomatic rifles are meant for killing, not hunting. The students who helped organize Saturday's March For Our Lives in Tampa are now trying to figure out their next moves with political leaders like Nelson and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa [OCTAVIO JONES | Times]
Published May 6, 2018|Updated May 6, 2018

Winner of the week
Kathy Castor and Lois Frankel. Friday's noon deadline came and went without anyone qualifying to run against U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor of Tampa and Lois Frankel of West Palm Beach, meaning the two Democrats won reelection with nary a vote cast. Florida's other 25 districts have a contested race.

Loser of the week I
Bill Nelson. Anybody seen any sign of pulse on the Democratic Senator's reelection campaign against Scott? Anybody seen any sign of a campaign at all, other than fundraising emails? Scott is already spending millions on TV to unseat Nelson, rolling out policy proposals to limit tax increases, and putting boots on the ground to mobilize voters.
 
Loser of the week II
Hispanic representation. In the Orlando-area Alan Grayson wants to unseat fellow Democrat Darren Soto in a congressional seat specifically drawn to give Puerto Ricans an excellent chance at winning the district. In Miami-Dade Donna Shalala probably will win her congressional race to succeed Ileana Rocs-Lehtinen, the Republican Cuban American who represented the area for three decades.

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