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swing state

In U.S. general elections, a state that votes in roughly equal proportion for candidates of both the Democratic and Republican Parties and whose influence on the election has the power to determine the outcome.. With the country so deeply divided between these two candidates, it will come down to just a handful of swing states to determine who will be the next president.
See also: state, swing
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24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Polling of voters in eight swing states finds that they are overwhelmingly opposed to President Obama's abuse of executive power to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens in the U.
As the identity of swing states becomes more predictable, we can expect additional problems.
David Brody, of Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, reported recently that a group called the American Renewal Project plans to target 12 swing states ahead of the midterm election.
Ohio and a few other swing states were the only ones that really counted in the campaign - states such as Oregon and about 40 others were ignored.
Before the election, there were claims that Jewish votes may determine the winner in the race to the White House, particularly in the swing states of Ohio and Florida.
Americans began voting Tuesday to decide who will lead the nation for the next four years, with incumbent Democrat President Barack Obama slightly leading Republican challenger Mitt Romney in some swing states such as Ohio and Wisconsin.
The presidential campaign in the swing states, those providing Electoral College votes needed for victory.
Obama defeated Romney in a series of key swing states despite a weak economic recovery and persistent high unemployment as US voters decided between two starkly different visions for the country.
Summary: President Barack Obama has won swing states Michigan and Pennsylvania, while Mitt Romney took Indiana from Mr Obama.
Polls showed the race is neck and neck, although the president held a slender polling lead in crucial swing states.
The president won solid Democratic states and a number of swing states.
Republican Mitt Romney needs to win in Florida in order to earn enough electoral votes to clinch the White House, but Obama could win still the presidency if he secures a victory in other swing states.
Obama scored impressive victories in the crucial state of Ohio and heavily contested swing states of Virginia, Nevada, Iowa and Colorado.
According to the Gallup Poll of Swing States, Obama showed slight gains in the final weeks.
But a majority of polls in the swing states - especially in Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin - show Mr Obama with a slight advantage over Republican candidate Mitt Romney as Americans go to the polls today.