Adam Smith and Susan MacManus at Tiger Bay on Thursday

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The returns will be in, and Tigers are invited to join the state’s two top political analysts in exploring the winners and losers – and where Florida is headed next.  Has early voting made electioneering a different game?  What messages did voters send in sorting through a meaty bunch of constitutional amendments?  Do repetitive negative ads work or suppress voting or both?

Dr. Susan MacManus, distinguished professor of political science at the University of South Florida, is a longtime student of why Floridians vote as they do.  One of her main areas of research has been on the influence of seniors, other “super voters” and those who participate only occasionally.  Dr. MacManus is the go-to source on Florida politics for the national media and a frequent commentator on WFLA-TV. Adam Smith, political editor for the St. Petersburg Times for nearly a decade, led the front-line coverage of campaign 2012.

Tigers, come grill the experts, and test out your own theories of an historic Florida election.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.