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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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Traveling the entire country solo wasn't financially feasible, so he chose to focus on the swing states, because "they are going to decide who is president."
Republican critics of US presidential challenger Mitt Romney's campaign say he needs to pull himself away from private fundraising events and hit swing states to meet ordinary voters.
With their secretaries of state, they control the electronic vote count in nine key swing states: Florida, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Arizona, and New Mexico.
SWING STATES: Also known as purple states or battleground states, swing states have a large number of undecided voters.
In New Hampshire, Obama is ahead by 3.5 percent, better than the other swing states, but still perilously close to most polls' margin of error.
Mitt Romney may be struggling in some key swing states, but there's no slippage for him in conservative Texas, a new poll shows.
Voting in swing states was actively encouraged for those who had that choice.
Obama has maintained opinion poll leads over McCain both nationally and in key swing states.
WITH Barack Obama a best-priced 1-9 with Paddy Power to win the US election, betting on who will triumph in some of the more tightly-contested swing states offers the opportunity for some juicier prices, particularly for those who aren't predicting as comfortable a win for Obama as the odds imply.
The Obama and McCain campaigns have funneled the vast majority of the tens of millions of dollars they devote to TV blurbs into the 12 to 18 swing states that are expected to decide the race.
After 2000, Democrats found themselves entirely locked out of redistricting in four large swing states where Republicans had won all three branches of government: Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
On January 18, 2005, the Los Angeles Times published an investigation of this program that demonstrated that most of the money went to religious groups in swing states, particularly African-American churches.
But bloggers were also blamed for passing along the inaccurate early exit poll data that misled many to believe Kerry was leading in key swing states on November 2.
This article is the final one in a series looking at swing states, and swing constituencies, in the 2004 presidential election.--The Editors
The key to victory will be winning the vote in less than a dozen crucial swing states, including the 'big three' - Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.