Additions to my list of Tampa Bay's general election winners and losers

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Few blog posts draw as strong a reaction as my list of Tampa Bay’s general election winners and losers. In fact, one local politician who will remain nameless is not talking to me right now because they were included in the losers column.

Several readers offered suggestions as to who deserved to be included in one of the two columns. But at this point it’s just piling on to go back and include someone in the list of losers, so I’m just gonna add two winners and up one “mixed bag” designee into the winners’ column.

Perhaps the greatest sin of omission I committed was leaving off Hillsborough Democratic Executive Committee Chair Chris Mitchell. As a reader notes in an email to me, the HCDEC raised more money this cycle than they ever have before, sent out more direct mail in a coordinated/targeted vote local effort, and helped win three county wide offices while also ensuring a GOTV effort that helped President Obama win Hillsborough County.

Consider yourself added, Chris.

Also added to the winners’ column is Hillsborough consultant Vic DiMaio for quarterbacking Coach Bob Henriquez’ win in the Property Appraiser race.

And, finally, I need to upgrade my friend Anthony Pedicini to the winners’ section from a “mixed bag” designation. Pedicini played a role in the winning campaigns of Reps. Ahern, Combee, Fitzenhagen, Harrell, Pilon, Raburn and Raulerson. In many of those races, Pedicini’s clients outperformed the top of the ballot.

Anthony also does work for Rep. Jose Oliva, who, after Tuesday’s results, is on his way to becoming Speaker Designate for the 2018-19 sessions.

Consider yourself upgraded, Anthony.

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