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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Hillary Clinton could have a Volusia County problem

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August

It's no fluke that Daytona Beach is center of the presidential and U.S. Senate campaigns this week, with Marco Rubio and Tim Kaine campaigning there today and Donald Trump on Wednesday. The quarter million voters in the swing county of Volusia at the eastern end of the I-4 corridor have long been top targets in statewide campaigns, but unlike most of the I-4 corridor, Democrats are not crazy about the Volusia trends recently.

Democrat John Kerry won Volusia by about 4,000 votes in 2004, Barack Obama won it by nearly 14,000 votes in 2008 and then lost it nearly 3,000 in 2012. Rick Scott beat Alex Sink by more than his statewide margin in 2010. And this cycle Volusia has been among the biggest Donald Trump strongholds in Florida. 

Volusia GOP Chairman Tony Ledbetter, an early Trump supporters, said his office started getting flooded with calls from fans last summer. In the March GOP primary, Trump beat Rubio by more than 33 percentage points in Volusia, while winning the state by 19.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 5:14pm]

    

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