In this Oct. 26, 2012 photo, election campaign pictures of President Barack Obama hang inside Lechonera El Barrio Restaurant in Orlando, Fla.  Democrats and Republicans are making an unprecedented effort to get the vote of Puerto Ricans living in the Interstate 4 Corridor, a large area in Central Florida. (AP Photo/Julie Fletcher)

In this Oct. 26, 2012 photo, election campaign pictures of President Barack Obama hang inside Lechonera El Barrio Restaurant in Orlando, Fla. Democrats and Republicans are making an unprecedented effort to get the vote of Puerto Ricans living in the Interstate 4 Corridor, a large area in Central Florida. (AP Photo/Julie Fletcher)

Demographics show why I-4 Corridor is no longer a swing area

It’s been a cliché in politics for the past decade to say that the I-4 Corridor in Florida is a swing area.

“Watch independents in the I-4,” has been a standard refrain from pundits as well as Democrats and Republicans alike, referring to voters along the interstate highway that cuts a swath West to East, from Tampa to North of Orlando.

But it looks like that just does not hold true anymore. Despite what was a tougher year than 2008 for President Obama, he once again ran up the score in the I-4.

The I-4 has changed quite a bit in 20 years. In fact, based on a First Read analysis of the six counties the highway passes through – Hillsborough, Polk, Osceola, Orange, Seminole, and Volusia – the I-4 Corridor has gone from about a 100,000-vote advantage for Republicans to a 100,000-vote advantage for Democrats.

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