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Will bellwether Florida county pick president again?

Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 01:26

A county in Florida has successfully picked the president in almost every election since 1960. Will this year be any different? Nathan Frandino reports.

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When Floridians vote Tuesday, eyes may likely fall on Hillsborough County. It's chosen the president correctly in every election since 1960 with one exception. University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SUSAN MACMANUS, PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, SAYING: "So the saying around here goes 'As Hillsborough goes so goes Florida, and as Florida goes, so goes the Nation." The county is a statistical reflection of the U.S. electorate, and considered a bellwether of how Florida votes. At the Sun City Center retirement community, it's easy to find the preferred presidential candidate. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NORMA EVERETT, 89-YEAR-OLD TRUMP SUPPORT, SAYING: "We have to have someone other than Hillary and we have to have a change in Washington." (SOUNDBITE) (English) MAURICE JOYLES, TRUMP SUPPORTER, SAYING: "No choice, Trump all the way. We have to make America great again." These seniors are a reliable voting group and usually lean Republican. But the county - like the country - also has a fast growing Latino community, who has at times been alienated by Donald Trump. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MICHELLE PEREZ, 24-YEAR OLD CLINTON SUPPORTER , SAYING: "It kind of scares me. I just had a daughter and I don't want her to be living in a world where Donald Trump is the president with all of the crazy things he says and he doesn't even think before he speaks." Just who becomes the next occupant of the White House may come down to Florida and its 29 electoral votes.

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Will bellwether Florida county pick president again?

Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 01:26