Alex Sink shows a human side at Awake the State rally in Tampa

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A year ago Tuesday night, it was past midnight before Rick Scott was declared the winner against Alex Sink in the Florida gubernatorial election.

A year later Scott is trying to push his way out of mid 30's in public approval ratings, and Sink is at the beginning of what she hopes is a political comeback by establishing a nonprofit called the Florida Next Foundation, which is intended to gather research around the state to boost the state's economy, focusing on small businesses and entrepreneurs.

And whether it was spontaneous or designed, Sink showed off some people skills that were sorely missing in her campaign a year ago during her brief speech before approximately 90 people gathered at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square in downtown Tampa at an Awake The State rally, one of 18 such events held across Florida.