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Donald Trump adviser Karen Giorno says campaign will focus on I-4 corridor

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As he attempts to find a way to get to 270 electoral votes on November 8, Donald Trump will be focusing heavily on Florida, and in particular, the Interstate-4 corridor running from Tampa to Orlando.

“That’s what we call the big enchilada. You have to win it,” said senior Trump adviser Karen Giorno, “But, all of Florida matters.”

Giorno made the remarks to Bay News 9 reporter Julie Gargotta on Thursday.

Giorno was made a senior adviser to the campaign earlier this month. She had been serving the director of the campaign’s Florida and southeast regional efforts.

Trump is scheduled to hold fundraisers in Tampa and Miami this Tuesday. Bay News 9 reported that a public event may also be held in Miami.

For two decades the Sunshine State has emerged as one of the most important battleground states in the country. With its large number of electoral votes (29), it is by far the biggest swing-state on the electoral map.

Undoubtedly, Hillary Clinton will also be focusing on the I-4 corridor over the next three months, beginning on Friday. That’s when she holds a private event with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer in the early afternoon, followed by a rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa later in the day. That’s where she may unveil her selection for Vice President.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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