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As voters headed to polls Tuesday, the Libertarian Party of Florida had already e-mailed a press release boldly declaring, "Libertarians announce election victories." Not that they actually expected to win any of the 72 statewide races in which they fielded candidates; instead, they took comfort in headier victories.

Author Rex Curry, who ran for state House of Representatives in Tampa, wrote, "Libertarian candidates have had such a great time running for office that many (including me, Rex Curry) are already announcing that they will run again in the next elections."

Curry followed with a list of "victories." Some are legitimate: "Libertarians are in so many close races, that no matter what the outcome will be, Libertarians are already taking credit for the results." Others are less so: "Libertarians helped the media stop droning on mindlessly about the boring old parties."

Party chairman Frank Longo further boasts, "We opened up 42 elections that might never have taken place `because the major-party candidates were unopposed`. Our victory is advancing our cause because we have the new ideas. As `the public` becomes aware of us, they're going to start looking for that change."

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