DAA Daily

What are Swing States?

By: Carlota Baudin, Staff reporter, The Pawprint

Some States are either historically red or blue, Republican or Democrat. Swing States are those that do not present a clear winner as both parties have a similar level of support. In the past elections Swing States had turned from one party to another depending on the year. For example Ohio has voted 5 times for the democrats and 5 times for the Republicans through the years, there is no way of knowing who they’re gonna vote for this 2020 election.    

For this year’s election, where the race is tight, Swing States are specially important since they are the ones that will determine the next president. States like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida are considered some of the Swing States in the 2020 election. We can clearly see the importance of these Swing States by the time the candidates spend campaigning there. President Donald Trump has held as much as 14 rallies in the past 3 days, 7 in Pennsylvania, 4 in Arizona and 3 in Florida. While Joe Biden is concentrating mostly in Pennsylvania and Florida. The election day will determine what side the states have chosen. Presidents can win the popular vote and lose the electoral college vote. It’s happened five times, most recently in the 2016 election, when Hillary Rodham Clinton received 2.8 million popular votes than Electoral College winner Donald Trump, the largest disparity in history. Because 38 out of the 50 states have voted for the same party since the 2000 presidential election, it’s relatively easy to predict which states will vote for a Democratic candidate and which will vote for a Republican.   

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