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Gov. Scott, Florida GOP Slapped Around By Shutdown

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses attendees during the Americans for Prosperity Foundation's Defending the American Dream Summit in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) | AP

he budget shutdown that wounded the Republican brand last week also inflicted pain on the GOP in Florida: The party lost a seat held for decades by Republicans, and Gov. Rick Scott was hit with a hurdle to his re-election strategy.

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