Duval County — where a Republican surge helped Gov. Rick Scott edge Democrat Charlie Crist in the 2014 governor’s race — will get attention from the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns today with a pair of rallies.
Trump will appear at a noon rally at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center and President Barack Obama will stump for Clinton at a 1:30 p.m. event at the University of North Florida.
The venues are about 30 miles apart.
Democrats have a slight registration edge in Duval County, but Republican John McCain carried the county with 50.5 percent in 2008 and Republican Mitt Romney won it with 51.2 percent in 2012. Scott won Duval County with 51.5 percent in 2010.
The Republican margin was less than 15,000 votes in each of those races. But in 2014, Scott got 54 percent in Duval County, beating Crist by 34,381 votes in an election he won by only 64,145 votes, or 1 percent, statewide. Scott’s strong Duval showing was part of an I-10 strategy in which he racked up big margins across conservative North Florida to counter Democratic strength in more liberal South Florida.