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Independent voters abound in Ybor City

Img00031_2YBOR CITY -- This historic neighborhood northeast of Tampa first populated by Cuban cigar-makers attracts a young, nightlife-seeking crowd. Many are independent voters leery of the major political parties.

"I don't like the strings attached to party affiliation,'' said John Farmer, 25, who was drinking a beer and talking politics Tuesday night.

Nearly 40 percent of the state's independent voters live in the 12 counties hugging the I-4 corridor running from here to Daytona Beach.