In presidential politics of the United States, a swing state (also, battleground state or purple state, in reference to red states and blue states) is a state in which no single candidate or party has overwhelming support in securing that state's electoral college votes.
A swing state (also, battleground state or purple state) in United States presidential politics is a state in which no candidate has overwhelming support...
POLITICO's Swing-State map features the most recent Real Clear Politics polling average in the most competitive states as identified by POLITICO.
Called swing states, these holdouts cannot be relied upon to vote definitively Democratic or Republican, but can heavily influence the outcome of an election...
The only states which the campaign would target to spend time, money, and energy in are those that could be won by either candidate. These are the swing states.
This winner-take-all system is what led to the creation of swing states, as well as states in which votes just aren't particularly important. How can you tell the two apart?
Swing states, and issues in swing states, tend to influence the campaign messages of presidential candidates, and their overall goals while in office.
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See early voting for an analysis of voting in swing states. Swing states are states in which neither the Republican nor Democratic candidate has a clear majority of the voters' support prior to a Presidential election, and therefore could "swing" the election results in either direction.
2008 swing states. States where the margin of victory was less than 6% are colored red if McCain won and blue if Obama won.