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GOP opens Plant City campaign office

Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 12:26 PM

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Opening a Plant City office is part of the GOP's strategy to gain votes along the Interstate 4 corridor, Hillsborough County Republican Party Chairman Art Wood said.

The area is an important conservative stronghold, the Plant City resident said.

"We are excited about opening an office in their backyard."

The office at 600 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and on occasional Saturdays. The location offers voter registration and supplies to support GOP candidates, including brochures and yard signs.

The victory office, as it is called, will be open through the end of the presidential campaign.

The Democrats, meanwhile, agree that I-4 is an important part of the effort in Florida, but are directing their efforts in the area through one main office, at 3406 S. Dale Mabry Highway, in Tampa.

The party has given thought to temporary satellite offices, such as the one Republicans are opening here, but won't do so this presidential campaign, said Hillborough County Democratic chairman Chris Mitchell. Satellite offices may be opened in future campaigns, he said.

Like the GOP office in Plant City, the Democrats' Tampa office has campaign materials for party candidates, from local races to the presidential contest.

Plant City is one of two offices the county party is opening; the other is in Tampa. The Plant City office phone number is (813) 754-4514.

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