Still booming with retirees, The Villages gives Trump, GOP edge in Florida

Covering more than 34 square miles, The Villages is now bigger than Manhattan. Formerly cow pastures and watermelon fields, it began in the 1970s as a mobile home park, Orange Blossom Gardens, which beckoned northerners with free golf. H. Gary Morse, son of the developer, transformed it into a behemoth using tax-free municipal bonds, becoming a billionaire in the process.

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