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Where might there be a surprise on Election Night in Florida?

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If the chalk won every game and match-up, there would be no Las Vegas or Macau. There would be no March Madness. If the favorites won every time, there would be no reason to even turn on the television. We watch and love sports and gambling because the underdogs can and do win. In no-limit Texas hold ’em poker, holding a pair of aces gives a player an 87 percent chance of winning against a seven-deuce offsuit before the flop. But…

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Is Oscar Braynon running the best Senate political operation in years?

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Democratic uber consultant (and frequent Uber customer) Steve Schale contends in a must-read, table-setting blog post about which Florida Senate races are worth watching that “Oscar Braynon is running the best Senate political operation I’ve seen in years.” Really? Technically, Schale is absolutely right. Braynon is running the best political shop in years because, when compared to previous Democratic efforts, O.B. looks like a black James Carville. Beyond Schale, there are other super-smart people in Tallahassee who think very highly of the Florida Democrats’ Senate political…

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No, Brian Burgess, Chris Sprowls will not ‘feel the Bern’

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Isn’t it fun to have new friends to play with? That’s how I felt when I learned that Republican communications operative Brian Burgess was launching The Capitolist website where he (and other notables like Sarah Rumpf) blogs and aggregates. I’ve always been of the opinion that Florida politics needed more bloggers and tweeters and writers. At the national level, when the blogosphere was a new, exciting place, the best of the national bloggers, like Andrew Sullivan, would complement and link to each other’s work one day,…

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Mike Clelland adds another $97K, widens lead in SD 13 primary race

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Maitland Democrat Mike Clelland added another $97,000 in contributions last month, putting him farther ahead of his two primary opponents in the Senate District 13 race. “I am honored and energized by the tremendous support I continue to receive from my community. This outpouring of support has only deepened my commitment to serve the people of Central Florida in Tallahassee,” Clelland said. “It’s clear that my community is ready for new leadership in Tallahassee, and I look forward to working…

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Mike Clelland confirms he’s running for SD 13 seat

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Former Rep. Mike Clelland confirmed speculation he will indeed run for the open state Senate seat vacated by term-limited President Andy Gardiner this year. The former Democratic lawmaker issued a statement Monday corroborating reports — first reported by Florida Politics — he will pursue a return to the statehouse. “Throughout my nearly three decades as a firefighter, I saw firsthand every day what can be accomplished when we work together for the public good. Unfortunately, I have also seen firsthand how things work in the…

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Former Democratic lawmaker Mike Clelland eyeing bid in Senate District 13

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Former Rep. Mike Clelland will pursue a return to Tallahassee in the open SD 13 seat vacated by term-limited Senate President Andy Gardiner, according to multiple Democratic operatives. The Morgan & Morgan attorney and former firefighter has made calls to past supporters to gauge interest in a bid for the Orlando-based Senate seat. One local Democrat told FloridaPolitics.com Clelland was encouraged to run by John Morgan himself, and that the 52-year-old is considering moving closer to the Orange County part of the SD 13, where most of the Democrats in the district…

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Libertarian drops bid to unseat Scott Plakon in HD 29

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Republican state Rep. Scott Plakon’s House District 29 re-election campaign got a little easier after his only opponent dropped out of the race last week. Libertarian David Leavitt sent a withdrawal letter to the Florida Division of Elections on Oct. 5 and was just recently removed from the 2016 candidate list. Leavitt’s candidacy alone didn’t cast doubt on Plakon’s re-election chances, but considering the Libertarian pulled together a good amount of money (compared to most other third-party candidates), Leavitt might have siphoned…

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