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Central Florida - Central Florida The Politics of Growth...

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Central Florida: The Politics of Growth and Change Counties: Brevard, Lake, Marion, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter, Volusia Newspapers: Orlando Sentinel, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Florida Today 2.6 million people; 16.5% of state’s population Party registration: book- 42.5% Rep, 39.7% Dem, 17.8% NPA 08 Registration: 37.5% Rep, 39% Dem, 22.6% NPA Demographics: 81.6% white, 8.1% black, 5.8% Hispanic Votes Republican, 08 for Obama (bc he carried Obama), Swing Region Politics of growth and change: tourism, economic growth, education, transportation, environment, and taxes 3 rd largest media market after Miami and Tampa Bay Brevard: second largest county, NASA, Port Canaveral, lowest growth rate, drinking water is a major concern, cruises to nowhere, Republican Lake: least diverse, struggled to cope with rapid population growth, Republican Marion: similar to panhandle counties in politics, dominated by Ocala Sumter: smallest county, similar to panhandle counties in politics
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  • Spring '09
  • Jewett
  • Orlando, Florida, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Orange County, Florida, Reedy Creek Improvement District

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