Friday, April 27, 2018
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All Eyes photo gallery: In rural-suburban Pasco County, Trump supporters see their lives getting great again

When Trump won the presidency on Tuesday, it was because of places like these and people like this, white residents of suburban and rural Tampa Bay who heard something they liked from the Republican candidate and showed up to the polls in droves.

In Shady Hills, a Pasco County precinct, Republican voter turnout jumped more than 50 percent from the 2012 election. About 2,000 voters showed up for Mitt Romney. By Tuesday, 3,130 had showed up for Trump.

            

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A campaign sign affixed to a tree in Pasco County is seen on the drive to Shady Hills on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

            

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

     

David Augustine, 70, and wife Tina Augustine, 46, browse a rummage sale at Full Gospel Assembly church in Shady Hills on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Both Augustines are ardent Trump supporters.

            

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

     

Pauline Kelly, 62, carries a dinnerware set at a rummage sale at Full Gospel Assembly church in Shady Hills on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Kelly, a retired teacher, supports Donald Trump because she feels that he will protect the Christian values critical to her life.

            

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

     

People browse the aisles of a rummage sale at Full Gospel Assembly church in Shady Hills on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Profits benefitted a local youth group.

            

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

     

Sandhill cranes fly over Crews Lake Wilderness Park off Shady Hills Road in Pasco County on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. The watch tower there provides views of wilderness and wildlife in one direction, and a swastika graffitied into the wooden structure in the other.

            

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

     

Damon Pulaski, 39, a law enforcement officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, carries son Lucas, 5, as other son Zachary, 7, runs ahead and daughter Allison, 5, trails behind at Crews Lake Wilderness Park off Shady Hills Road in Pasco County on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Pulaski said he voted for Donald Trump primarily because he believes Trump is pro-law enforcement.

            

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

     

A patriotism-themed display is seen on the side of a dirt track in Shady Hills on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

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