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High South Tampa voter turnout increasingly drives campaign strategies



TAMPA — The conventional wisdom used to be that a candidate needed a three-legged stool to win a citywide race in Tampa. The three legs: the affluent neighborhoods of South Tampa, the Latin vote in West Tampa and the black vote of East Tampa. Now that calculus is changing, say candidates, neighborhood activists and members of Tampa's political class. Over the past two city elections, voter turnout in West Tampa has mirrored the citywide average. But compared to the northern and eastern quadrants of the city, voter turnout in South Tampa is so much higher that it increasingly makes political sense for candidates to focus more time and effort there. To see the story, visit


[Last modified: Monday, January 24, 2011 12:12pm]


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