But a retraction would also pose a major political threat to Trump, who is depending on a strong economy to woo swing voters in crucial purple states
as he seeks reelection.
"Trump creates a rock-and-a-hard-place scenario for Republicans running in blue-leaning and purple states
," said Democratic pollster Geoff Garin.
I thank Director Carroll for agreeing to testify before our Committee on the opioid crisis, which is devastating American families in red states, blue states, and purple states
. It truly is a national epidemic, and we need a national response.
"Whether she holds the seat in 2020 comes down to whether McSally has the capacity and the humility to learn from her mistakes as a campaigner, and chooses a new political team with a proven record of winning in purple states
," Domenech said.
Our members live in red, blue, and purple states
. I know that because I have had the privilege to visit many of them.
The Russian operatives contacted, among others, a real Texas activist who, evidently assuming they were Americans, advised them to focus on "purple states
like Colorado, Virginia & Florida." After that, FBI agents found that the phrase "purple states
" became a mantra for the Russian operation.
person that they should focus their activities on 'purple states
like Colorado, Virginia & Florida.'"
"I'd love to see it in all the purple states
. That's my ultimate goal."
Meanwhile, states like Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan, and New Mexico, which were once considered purple states
, appear to be solid blue states.
"But does this help Republicans as a national party--a party with the ability to compete in purple states
Of the five Senate contests in purple states
-- Iowa, Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Colorado -- this is currently the closest: The Real Clear Politics average of polls shows a tie (Ernst ahead by 0.2 percentage points).
If a governor like Scott or Kasich can manage to win re-election even after infuriating his right-wing base on a key issue, it will send a couple of important messages to other Republicans, at least those in purple states
: Yes, the Tea Party can be bucked.
SWING STATES: Also known as purple states
or battleground states, swing states have a large number of undecided voters.
That leaves 10 or so swing states (aka battleground states or purple states
, because they're neither red nor blue), which could go either way.
Below, we examine several toss-up or purple states
that will play a major role in electing the next president.