Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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

Richard Konst, 74, walks past a homemade Trump sign in the yard of his Shady Hills home on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Konst has never voted in his life, but felt compelled to change that for Donald Trump. He missed the voter registration deadline, unaware that one existed, but was thrilled that Trump was elected.

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Richard Konst, 74, walks past a homemade Trump sign in the yard of his Shady Hills home on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Konst has never voted in his life, but felt compelled to change that for Donald Trump. He missed the voter registration deadline, unaware that one existed, but was thrilled that Trump was elected.

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.

            

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

     

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.

All Eyes photo gallery: In rural-suburban Pasco County, Trump supporters see their lives getting great again 11/11/16 [Last modified: Friday, November 11, 2016 9:47pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Search for missing Army helicopter crew suspended in Hawaii

    Military

    HONOLULU — Officials have suspended the search for five Army soldiers who were aboard a helicopter that crashed during offshore training in Hawaii last week.

    Water safety officials hand over possible debris from an Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crash to military personnel stationed at a command center in a harbor, Wednesday in Haleiwa, Hawaii, a day after. an Army helicopter with five on board crashed several miles off Oahu's North Shore. Officials  suspended the search for five Army soldiers in a helicopter crash during offshore training in Hawaii on Monday. [Associated Press]
  2. Rubio praises Trump for 'excellent' speech on Afghanistan

    Blogs

    Sen. Marco Rubio praised President Donald Trump's "excellent" speech on Afghanistan. Sen. Bill Nelson was less effusive but agreed with the goal.

  3. Gov. Rick Scott blasts report of shifting words on Charlottesville

    Blogs

    Gov. Rick Scott, one of the most scripted politicians in modern Florida history, said Monday that "both sides” bear blame for Charlottesville.

  4. Record $417 million awarded in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancer

    Nation

    LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.

    A bottle of Johnson's baby powder is displayed. On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, a Los Angeles County Superior Court spokeswoman confirmed that a jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million in a case to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. [Associated Press]
  5. Search under way for missing sailors; Navy chief orders inquiry

    Military

    SINGAPORE — The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation Monday into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters, leaving 10 U.S. sailors missing and others injured.

    Damage is visible as the USS John S. McCain steers toward Singapore’s naval base on Monday.