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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

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August

Winner of the week 1

Rick Kriseman. Barack Obama formally and publicly endorsed the St. Petersburg mayor's re-election Friday, which would have been unlikely if Democrats thought Kriseman had failed to narrow the gap with challenger Rick Baker. Kriseman has to wish Obama had done so weeks ago, rather than waiting until most of the votes have been cast — and that Donald Trump would publicly endorse Baker.

Winner 2: Miami State Rep. Carlos Trujillo received a big thank you from Donald Trump for his early support in the presidential race. Trump appointed Trujillo as a representative to the U.N. General Assembly.

Loser of the week

Aramis Ayala. The Orlandoarea prosecutor has said she will not seek the death penalty, so less than 24 hours after the arrest of a man accused of shooting and killing two Kissimmee police officers, Gov. Rick Scott transferred the case to an Ocala-based state attorney.

[Last modified: Saturday, August 26, 2017 11:34pm]

    

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