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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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Esbeck noted that the positive effects of the swing state initiative grew eHponentially when there was coordination between the state association and NTCR.
This article focuses in particular on the problem of the vanishing swing state.
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Several swing states, including Florida and Virginia, have yet to report results.
Obama scored impressive victories in the crucial state of Ohio and heavily contested swing states of Virginia, Nevada, Iowa and Colorado.
The President minutes earlier took a clear lead in the presidential contest by winning the largest electoral prize in the nation -- California, which has 55 electoral votes -- along with Minnesota, Washington state, Oregon, the swing state of Iowa and his birth state of Hawaii, projections on Tuesday night indicated.
AS the final hours dribble by, we are reminded endlessly that the polls have been wrong before, that voters lie about their intentions when the candidate is black, and that one miscalculation or one fixed voting machine in one swing state could throw the process into the Electoral College.
Florida, the quintessential swing state, wound up with 18 Republicans and seven Democrats.
Some Republicans argue that residents from neighboring states cross the border to vote in this swing state.
In mid-September, Ralph Nader came to Wisconsin, a perilously teetering swing state.
In Ohio, a crucial swing state with 21 electoral votes, Republican Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell ruled against counties wanting to use electronic balloting systems to protect it from being 2004's recount state.
The measures were meant to win electoral support in Florida, an important swing state in national elections.