Author: James Newton

James Newton is a student at Towson University studying Geography and Environmental Planning. Contact him by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at @JimNPol.

To a casual observer of American politics, it might be confusing what constitutes a “battleground state” in a presidential election. For instance, in the most recent presidential election, a state might have voted one way by as much as double-digits, but pundits talk as if it might vote the other way in the next. Why would the state in question be treated as competitive?

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