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Scrambling U.S. Senate candidates push campaigns into their rivals' turf

During a recent stop in Tampa, U.S. Senate candidate Ron DeSantis chatted about growing up in Dunedin. "This is a place I know well, and we are going to be here often," he told 50 people at a hotel meeting room near Tampa International Airport.

You'd never know the congressman from just outside of Jacksonville was barnstorming on the turf of a top rival in the Republican primary: U.S Rep. David Jolly, who represents most of Pinellas County.

It's a popular campaign strategy lately. None of the five Republicans seeking to replace U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is well-known in his own territory, let alone statewide. That has emboldened each of them to tread into their rivals' home base, eager to find supporters in a primary battle suddenly just two months away from the first ballots being cast.

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[Last modified: Saturday, May 7, 2016 2:06pm]


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