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Florida’s I-4 corridor is where the election could be won

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The Interstate 4 corridor stretching from the Tampa Bay area through Orlando to Daytona Beach is a bellwether of the nation’s largest swing state, where both candidates campaigned vigorously last week and President Barack Obama on Friday called on voters here to support Hillary Clinton. North Florida is predictably Republican, and South Florida remains strongly Democratic, leaving a swath around Interstate 4 as the state’s primary battleground. The 6.5 million residents living around the 140-mile highway reflect the diversity of…

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Joe Redner files to run as an independent in Senate District 18 race

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Adult club impresario and progressive activist Joe Redner is once again running for office, this time in the Senate District 18 race that features Republican Dana Young and Democrat Bob Buesing battling it out. The iconoclastic Redner, who has been unsuccessful running for local and state offices for years, has previously run as a Democrat but in recent elections has filed as an independent. He calls Young a “typical, no caring Republican,” and says that while he thinks Buesing is a nice man, he believes the…

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Greetings from Tampa, where hopes soar — or die

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This old port city in the nation’s most populous swing state won the Republican convention with its finest offerings — beaches, big venues, and a well-earned reputation for successfully handling major events like the Super Bowl. But the Grand Old Party’s choice is also based on political pragmatism. The road to the White House in 2012 will once again pass through the Sunshine State, most Democrats and Republicans agree, and Floridians in particular seem likely to appreciate the attention. But Republicans…

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