JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—For decades, this city near the Florida-Georgia line has been known for its Navy bases, Southern temperament and conservative politics.
But voters here backed Democrat Joe Biden for president, signaling its change into a swing region that both parties are focusing on for future elections.
Over the years, Jacksonville, which mostly shares its borders with Duval County’s, lost many affluent, conservative white families who headed to the suburbs in neighboring counties.
“Jacksonville’s sensibilities have changed,” said Susie Wiles, President Trump’s chief Florida campaign strategist, who lives in the area.
She now works as a supervisor at Brightway Insurance, an insurance retailer based in the city.
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