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swing state

noun, U.S. Politics
a state of the U.S. in which the Democratic and Republican candidates both have a good chance of winning:
the swing states of Ohio and Indiana.
Also called purple state, battleground state.
Compare red state, blue state. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for swing state
  • Does 'swing state' really apply then, when you lose 85% of the time?

    It's the Math November 8, 2012
  • This includes Wisconsin as a swing state, which I think we have learned it never really was, campaign bluster aside.

    It's the Math November 8, 2012
  • On the one hand, Sandoval has demonstrated the ability to win in a swing state, and is projected to coast in November.

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