swing state

plural swing states

Definition of swing state

US politics : a U.S. state in which Republican and Democratic candidates have similar levels of support and which is considered to play a key role in the outcome of presidential elections The politics of immigration in Florida, a key swing state, are not as clear as they are in California.— Tom Masland, et al. If he is so polarizing, how was he elected five times in a swing state?— Nancy Gibbs, et al.

First Known Use of swing state

1952, in the meaning defined above

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“Swing state.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swing%20state. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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