Nothing new in Marc Caputo's report about the Senate prez race except a quote from Andy Gardiner, who sounds like he's running scared

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Marc Caputo updates the rest of the world on the race to be the Senate President-designate:

…Latvala acknowledges Gardiner has the edge in collecting pledges from the fellow Republicans who dominate the chamber and ultimately decide who the Senate leader will be. “I’m behind — but maybe by just one or two votes,” Latvala, R-St. Petersburg, said.

And that’s bad news for Gardiner.

Despite all his advantages, he can’t yet seal the deal. He isn’t as deft a political operator as Latvala.

But there’s not much you’ll read in Caputo’s piece that, if you’ve been reading SaintPetersBlog, you don’t know already.

On October 6, Latvala and his allied talked to me about Gardiner’s wishful thinking.

On November 11, the entire Gardiner’s-in-trouble-so-Thrasher-will-step-in scenario was laid out. (That’s right, six weeks ago!)

On Dec. 16, the impact of Steve Oelrich’s decision was discussed.

You get my point.

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