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All Eyes photo gallery: Florida's I-4 corridor

Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the University of South Florida Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Trump led many Florida polls for the Republican nomination at the time.
Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the University of South Florida Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Trump led many Florida polls for the Republican nomination at the time.
Published Nov. 4, 2016

Florida's Interstate 4, from Tampa in the west to Daytona Beach in the east, is a critical swing region in the ultimate swing state. While north Florida is predictably red and South Florida consistently blue, this swath of the Sunshine State has switched back and forth for years. Fittingly, the region is known to decide elections.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have spent significant time campaigning along the corridor, trying to woo voters in the Tampa Bay and Orlando media markets. Both have deployed their running mates and other surrogates, too.

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The political zoo that comes with the hard-fought battle for the I-4 corridor is a unique manifestation of presidential campaign politics. The following collection of images is a documentation of efforts by both campaigns to sway these voters. After all, the fate of the election very well could come down to how the I-4 corridor votes.

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Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally at Frontline Outreach and Youth Center in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. During the event, Clinton praised the Orlando community for its resilience in the months following the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub where 49 were killed on June 12.

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Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally at Frontline Outreach and Youth Center in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. During the event, Clinton praised the Orlando community for its resilience in the months following the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub where 49 were killed on June 12.

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Supporters listen as Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the University of South Florida Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.

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Supporters listen as Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the University of South Florida Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.

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Supporters hold up signs for Hillary Clinton during a grassroots event at the Meadow Woods Recreation Center in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. Clinton discussed her economic agenda and worked to mobilize supporters during the speech.

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Supporters hold up signs for Hillary Clinton during a grassroots event at the Meadow Woods Recreation Center in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday, December 2, 2015. Clinton discussed her economic agenda and worked to mobilize supporters during the speech.

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Hillary Clinton supporter Ranya Wallace (left) gets into a shouting match with a protester who declined to provide her name outside a Clinton campaign rally at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Multiple Trump supporters walked up and down the line of attendees, insulting Hillary Clinton and beginning arguments.

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Hillary Clinton supporter Ranya Wallace (left) gets into a shouting match with a protester who declined to provide her name outside a Clinton campaign rally at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. Multiple Trump supporters walked up and down the line of attendees, insulting Hillary Clinton and beginning arguments.

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A protester blows a kiss to jeering Trump supporters while being kicked out of a Donald Trump rally at the University of South Florida Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.

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A protester blows a kiss to jeering Trump supporters while being kicked out of a Donald Trump rally at the University of South Florida Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.

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Trump supporter Clyde Smith of Lake Wales urges passing drivers to stop for Trump yard signs during a giveaway outside LeadFeather Guns & Archery in Winter Haven, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Smith, a maintenance worker at Bartow Municipal Airport, experienced everything from supportive honks to middle fingers. A handful of drivers stopped to pick up signs.

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Trump supporter Clyde Smith of Lake Wales urges passing drivers to stop for Trump yard signs during a giveaway outside LeadFeather Guns & Archery in Winter Haven, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Smith, a maintenance worker at Bartow Municipal Airport, experienced everything from supportive honks to middle fingers. A handful of drivers stopped to pick up signs.

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From left, Hillary Clinton supporters Doris Padilla, Indira Abraham and Ann Marie Sabatino hangout during a Clinton campaign office launch party in Winter Haven, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.

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From left, Hillary Clinton supporters Doris Padilla, Indira Abraham and Ann Marie Sabatino hangout during a Clinton campaign office launch party in Winter Haven, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.

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Lillian Cameron (left) and husband Irving Cameron (center) hold up signs at a Donald Trump rally at the University of South Florida Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. The couple made the trip from Spring Hill to show their support.

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Lillian Cameron (left) and husband Irving Cameron (center) hold up signs at a Donald Trump rally at the University of South Florida Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. The couple made the trip from Spring Hill to show their support.

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U.S. Congressman Ruben Gallego (right) tries on the hat of Democratic party volunteer Al Felman while campaigning for Hillary Clinton at a phone bank event in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. Following Gallego's departure, volunteers and fellows called Tampa residents from the field office in efforts to garner support for the Clinton campaign.

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U.S. Congressman Ruben Gallego (right) tries on the hat of Democratic party volunteer Al Felman while campaigning for Hillary Clinton at a phone bank event in the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, Fla., on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. Following Gallego's departure, volunteers and fellows called Tampa residents from the field office in efforts to garner support for the Clinton campaign.

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Hillary Clinton pays her respects at Pulse, the gay nightclub where 49 were killed in a June 12 mass shooting, following a round table discussion with community leaders in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, July 22, 2016. Seen at far right is Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and second from right U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.

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Hillary Clinton pays her respects at Pulse, the gay nightclub where 49 were killed in a June 12 mass shooting, following a round table discussion with community leaders in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, July 22, 2016. Seen at far right is Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and second from right U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.

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The memorial at Pulse, the gay nightclub where 49 were killed in a June 12 mass shooting, is seen reflected in the window of a Donald Trump for President campaign office on South Orange Avenue in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. The office opened across the street following the shooting.

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The memorial at Pulse, the gay nightclub where 49 were killed in a June 12 mass shooting, is seen reflected in the window of a Donald Trump for President campaign office on South Orange Avenue in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. The office opened across the street following the shooting.

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Supporters cheer for Donald Trump as he speaks during a rally at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Fla., on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. The tail of Trump's private plane is seen behind them.

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Supporters cheer for Donald Trump as he speaks during a rally at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Fla., on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. The tail of Trump's private plane is seen behind them.

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Supporters hold up signs during a Hillary Clinton campaign rally at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. At the event, Clinton urged voters to get out early and cast their ballots before election day.

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Supporters hold up signs during a Hillary Clinton campaign rally at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. At the event, Clinton urged voters to get out early and cast their ballots before election day.

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President Barack Obama gets fired up while speaking at a Hillary Clinton campaign rally at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Obama spent significant time visiting swing states leading up to the election on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

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President Barack Obama gets fired up while speaking at a Hillary Clinton campaign rally at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Fla., on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Obama spent significant time visiting swing states leading up to the election on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi head to meet supporters organizing voter registration and Trump support outside a rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Minutes later, Trump headed inside to deliver a speech.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi head to meet supporters organizing voter registration and Trump support outside a rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Minutes later, Trump headed inside to deliver a speech.

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Supporters cheer for Donald Trump as he delivers a speech at a rally at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.

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Supporters cheer for Donald Trump as he delivers a speech at a rally at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.

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Josephine Pope (center) and fellow supporters cheer as Hillary Clinton speaks during a "canvass kick-off event" in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Daytona Beach, located in Volusia County, is at the eastern edge of the critical I-4 Corridor.

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Josephine Pope (center) and fellow supporters cheer as Hillary Clinton speaks during a "canvass kick-off event" in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Daytona Beach, located in Volusia County, is at the eastern edge of the critical I-4 Corridor.

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Tarrah Stephens (center), 28, of Lake Wales, listens to Hillary Clinton speak during a rally at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. The rally was part of Clinton's Jobs Tour in Florida.

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Tarrah Stephens (center), 28, of Lake Wales, listens to Hillary Clinton speak during a rally at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. The rally was part of Clinton's Jobs Tour in Florida.

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Trump supporter Lesa Martino (center) wears a "Hillary for prison" outfit at a Donald Trump rally at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Fla., on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Martino, a Tampa resident, spent much of her time posing for pictures with fellow Trump supporters in attendance.

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Trump supporter Lesa Martino (center) wears a "Hillary for prison" outfit at a Donald Trump rally at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Fla., on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Martino, a Tampa resident, spent much of her time posing for pictures with fellow Trump supporters in attendance.

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Donald Trump addresses an enthusiastic crowd during a rally at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Fla., on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Trump flew in to Lakeland on his plane after a morning rally in Ocala.

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Donald Trump addresses an enthusiastic crowd during a rally at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, Fla., on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016. Trump flew in to Lakeland on his plane after a morning rally in Ocala.

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Hillary Clinton takes the stage for an early vote rally at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016.

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Hillary Clinton takes the stage for an early vote rally at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016.

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Attendees cheer while watching the first presidential debate at a watch party at Church Street Station in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Tim Kaine and the Human Rights Campaign hosted the event, where Kaine spoke before the debate began.

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Attendees cheer while watching the first presidential debate at a watch party at Church Street Station in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. Tim Kaine and the Human Rights Campaign hosted the event, where Kaine spoke before the debate began.

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Hillary Clinton makes a campaign stop for a rally at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. The rally was part of Clinton's Jobs Tour in Florida.

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Hillary Clinton makes a campaign stop for a rally at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. The rally was part of Clinton's Jobs Tour in Florida.

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Hillary Clinton makes a campaign stop for a rally at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. The rally was part of Clinton's Jobs Tour in Florida.

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Hillary Clinton makes a campaign stop for a rally at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. The rally was part of Clinton's Jobs Tour in Florida.