Pundit Larry Sabato says Vern Buchanan win over Keith Fitzgerald now “likely”

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National pundit Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball this week moved the Florida 16 race from a “lean” Republican seat to a “likely” win for Rep. Vern Buchanan.  The move comes after news that Buchanan was cleared by the Justice department.

A day before Sabato released his new rankings, Buchanan was publicly endorsed by his opponent’s sister, Linda Fitzgerald Huber, who also donated to Buchanan’s re-election campaign.

“People everywhere are embracing Vern’s positive agenda of creating jobs, growing the economy and strengthening Medicare,” said spokeswoman Sally Tibbetts, “as Fitzgerald’s desperate and negative campaign backfires.”

Earlier this month, an independent poll showed Buchanan leading by nearly 20 points.


Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.