If you are an aficionado of Florida politics — and you probably wouldn’t be reading this site if you aren’t — Tuesday was truly a day to savor.

In addition to the usual breaking news — bills died, Brian Hughes accused of bullying, campaign finance reports posted, federal judges appointed, etc. — there was an incredible split-screen moment when the Republican Speaker of the Florida House was debating a Democratic gubernatorial candidate just as the results from a critical special election in Sarasota County began rolling in.

It was a political junkie’s version of Fat Tuesday, without the beads.

Tuesday’s events certainly provided a list of winners and losers, and I’m not just talking about candidates. Here’s a list (in alphabetical order) of the real winners and losers emerging from a dramatic day in Florida politics:

Ultimate winner

Joe Biden — Like all good things that happen — the bartender remembering your name, deviled eggs being served at a kids party, or sleeping in past noon on a workday — Margaret Good’s victory is a direct result of Uncle Joe endorsing her. Full stop. Period. The end. Biden’s influence is so significant; we have to credit him for the Facebook Live feed of the Corcoran-Gillum debate not going down once.


Zac AndersonThe Sarasota Herald-Tribune reporter had home field advantage covering the HD 72 race — and he utilized it, providing almost daily coverage of a contest that was drawing national attention. Undoubtedly there are a lot of IP addresses from Washington, D.C., logging on to the HT’s website to read more about the bellwether race.

Reggie Cardoza — Behind the scenes, the House Victory chief is arguably the most significant winner Tuesday. He’s worked overtime for the past three months

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