And the absolute, hands-down winner of the race for RPOF Chair is…

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…Florida Democratic Party chair Rod Smith.

No matter who the Republicans select as Chair of their party this weekend, the absolute, hands-down winner of the race is newly installed Democratic leader Rod Smith, who was elected by acclimation and has nowhere to go but up.

In contrast, the leader of the Florida GOP, whoever it is, will have been elected as part of the most contentious intramural scrum this side of a rugby field.

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