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Florida's 3rd congressional district
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Current Representative Corrine Brown (D)
Area 2,097 mi²
Distribution 89.7% urban, 10.3% rural
Population (2000) 639,295
Median income $29,785
Ethnicity 38.4% White, 49.3% Black, 1.6% Asian, 8.0% Hispanic, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% other
Cook PVI D+18

Florida's 3rd congressional district is a congressional district in Florida. Currently, the residents of the Third District are represented by Democrat Corrine Brown.

The district includes portions of Alachua, Clay, Duval, Lake, Marion, Orange, Putnam, Seminole, and Volusia counties.

History

While Florida has had at least three congressional districts since the 1900 Census, the current third district dates to reapportionment done by the Florida Legislature after the 1990 Census. Because Florida has a large population of African-Americans, but not a large enough concentration anywhere in the state to easily configure a U.S. congressional district with a majority, there were several attempts to create a few gerrymandered districts which were certain to elect a black candidate. This created an odd coalition of Black Democrats and Republicans who supported such districts (since this not only created Black-majority districts, but also made "safer" Republican districts elsewhere). This effort was opposed by many White Democrats, but eventually this idea won the support of the State legislature, and this district was created as a result. The 3rd District is geographically diverse. Starting from the southern part of the district, it includes the Pine Hills area of the Orlando metro area, with small pockets of African-American neighborhoods in the cities of Sanford, Gainesville, Palatka, and finally the larger African-American communities of Jacksonville. Connecting these areas are regions which are sparsely populated-either expansive rural areas or narrow strips which are only a few miles wide. Barack Obama received 73% of the vote in this district in 2008.

Voting

Election results from presidential races
Year Office Results
2008 President Obama 73 - 26%
2004 President Kerry 65 - 35%
2000 President Gore 64 - 34%

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