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In Hillsborough County, Democrats working for a party united against Donald Trump

BRANDON — The Democratic Women's Club of Southeast Hillsborough aims to put reliable liberals in public offices locally and in Tallahassee.

The club also hopes that like-minded voters outside the county will help them do the same in the race for the White House.

About 30 club members and other Democrats gathered Thursday night at the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library to hear local candidates offer platforms and plans for office. But the talk turned to Republican positions heard on the presidential campaign trail.

The race for the White House — "like no other I've seen," in the words of state House District 59 candidate Rena Frazier — will affect down-ticket races such as hers, she said.

"We're hearing a large amount of people who say they aren't going to come out and vote," Frazier said. The real estate lawyer from Brandon said the message comes mostly from Republicans, giving her hope for a robust turnout of liberal voters in Hillsborough County for the Nov. 8 general election.

That's despite the split Frazier sees between some Democrats supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

She thinks likely Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will motivate Democrats to vote, regardless of who their nominee will be.

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[Last modified: Saturday, June 4, 2016 10:46am]


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