Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city tops list of most shared political news websites in Florida

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Florida Politics is hot in the Sunshine State.

Speculation that Gov. Rick Scott could be a potential running mate for GOP front-runner Donald Trump in was recognized as the most discussed and shared article online from a statewide political news site.

It wasn’t even close. Florida Politics even beat other traditional media types as the Miami Herald, Palm Beach Post and the Tampa Bay Times.

According to a brand analysis by, the Feb. 23 post by Mitch Perry had more than 50,000 shares across Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn. The story was the top shared article over the last six months, ranked by domain name between October 2015 and April 26, 2016.

In addition to having the top socially shared article,’s sister site — SaintPetersBlog — also enjoyed the No. 4 spot with Rick Scott refusing Syrian refugees and seeking Congressional action to stop federal relocation plans.

That report, by Ryan Ray, had 12K shares.

Combined share total for the two sites came to more than 63K, making it “the undisputed winter,” says SocialBnA in a blog post.

A distant second was Scott signing an abortion restrictions bill, posted March 25, 2016, by the Orlando Sentinel Political Pulse blog, with 16.4K shares. The Sunshine State News rounded out the top four with a November report on Ted Cruz’s pledge to end Common Core.

It is interesting to note that the top story was only published about two months ago, racking up shares in nearly record time.

Although it would be easy for to take all the credit for its rising popularity, none of it would be possible without the supporters and fans who put us here.

And for that, we say thanks.


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.

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