Once upon a time (and I mean 2012 and 2016) the I4 Corridor, the “Biggest Political Battleground” in the United States was studied around the world. The phrase, “As the I4 corridor goes, so goes Florida, and so goes our presidential election” meant that every election season, we were bombarded by visits from presidential candidates, their runningmates, their spouses, and even their kids dropping in on Orlando, Daytona Beach, and Tampa. During the midterms, we saw Rick Scott every other day in 2014, and later Ron DeSantis and then Andrew Gillum in 2018.
But the shine is off of the region now. The state has trended red, despite regions within the corridor defying both the Presidential and Gubernatorial election winners. It seems like both the national media and foreign political scientists have lost their fascination with the stretch of interstate despite its recently achieved “ultimate” status.
Oh, we’ll still be seeing a lot of Ron Desantis and the democratic nominee this fall, but only because they can hit multiple dense campaign stops without leaving the same stretch of road. But whoever wins the region won’t be guaranteed the victory because of how unpredictable South Florida and the Hispanic vote has become.
Heck, the Puerto Rican community of Kissimmee may be the new hot spot on I4.
Now I’ll pose the same question I asked myself. “Is the relevance of the I4 Corridor gone for good?”
Absolutely not. We won’t stop growing. That means we won’t stop changing. Then there is also the direction we’re going and the constant change we see in the world around us.
Is the I4 Corridor dead? No. It’s just figuring out what to do next