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Republicans in Fla's last remaining swing county to welcome Marco Rubio

Nikki Haley, who supported Rubio for president, headlined last year's big Pinellas GOP dinner

Tampa Bay Times

Nikki Haley, who supported Rubio for president, headlined last year's big Pinellas GOP dinner

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Sen. Marco Rubio, who seems to be spending much more time lately paying attention to his home state than he has in years, will headline the Pinellas County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner on May 19.

"I am excited to have Marco Rubio as our keynote speaker," said said Pinellas GOP Chairman Nick DiCeglie. “Marco has a bright future in front of him and I am proud that Pinellas County turned RED for him in 2016."

Pinellas County also turned decidedy red for Donald Trump in 2016 after years of trending toward the Democrats. With the possible exception of Volusia county on the opposite end of the I-4 Corridor, there seems to be no remaining swing county in Florida besides Pinellas. Hillsborough had long been viewed as the most reliable bellwether county, but it has become pretty solidly blue in presidential elections.

Pinellas has a special place in Rubio's heart, we assume, as GOP activists there, provided him a key early boost when he was a longshot challenger to then-Republican U.S. Senate candidate and home county favorite Charlie Crist in 2010.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:14am]

    

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