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Florida’s political geography is a roadway puzzle

Lars Gesing, CU News Corps Assistant Director

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Logo final_highIn our Anecdotal Evidence column, movers and shakers share personal stories of how intriguing (and often odd) campaigning in their respective swing state can be.

Dario Moreno – Political Scientist, Florida International University

Dario Moreno. Photo: Lars Gesing/CU News Corps

Dario Moreno. Photo: Lars Gesing/CU News Corps

“The Northern part of the state – along I-10 from Pensacola to Jacksonville – is basically South Alabama, very Southern, very conservative. The southern part of the state – Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach – is very liberal. That region has a lot of influence from the Northeast, from states such as New York, New Jersey. People are moving down here. They follow the I-95,

“And then the people on the southwest side of the state are very Republican and conservative. They came from Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. They followed the I-75 down.

“The I-4, which goes from Tampa Bay to Daytona, is really the swing area. it’s the central part of the state, and it is where most state elections are decided.”

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