Naples News: Hillsborough: The Florida county that may decide this election

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The Naples News takes a deeper look at Hillsborough county

Hillsborough County is a model in miniature of the United States (though maybe not that miniature. At 1,266 square miles, it’s bigger than Rhode Island).

It’s multicultural, multiracial and multi-political, with Democratic blue in the urban centers and Republican red on the outskirts, shot through with a fierce independent streak.

Hillsborough’s population of 1.3 million people is divided into three nearly equal political parts: 39 percent Democrat, 32 percent Republican and 29 percent Independent or no party affiliation. The county, the fourth largest in the state, has one of the highest percentages of voters not choosing a party among Florida’s 67 counties.

Hillsborough County, 2014 governor's race election results by precinct. Red precincts voted Republican, blue precincts voted Democratic and purple precincts had a margin of 2 percent or less. Source: Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections
Hillsborough County, 2014 governor’s race election results by precinct. Red precincts voted Republican, blue precincts voted Democratic and purple precincts had a margin of 2 percent or less. Source: Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections
Hillsborough County, 2012 presidential election results by precinct. Red precincts voted Republican, blue precincts voted Democratic and purple precincts had a margin of 2 percent or less. Source: Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections
Hillsborough County, 2012 presidential election results by precinct. Red precincts voted Republican, blue precincts voted Democratic and purple precincts had a margin of 2 percent or less. Source: Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections