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Best unexpected win for fans of social justice: Andrew Warren Winning Hillsborough State Attorney's Race

Best unexpected win for fans of social justice

Even in places that tend to lean blue (like Tampa), voters tend to elect law-and-order guys to posts that center on, well, law and order. So when they elected Warren, a Democrat, to helm the Hillsborough State Attorney's Office over popular monied Republican incumbent Mark Ober, it was a bit of a shock. Ober did have issues that don't go over well among the city's residents, like being insensitive to sexual assault victims, and he certainly didn't have a progressive approach to dealing with young black men accused of crimes. Warren, on the other hand, is a breath of fresh air for Tampa's activist community. —Kate Bradshaw