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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
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  • I am grieved to hear about his black eye, and fear that I shall find it in the green and purple state on my return.

Contemporary definitions for purple state

any U.S. state that tends to be or is undecided in a general election


The phrase "red state, blue state, purple state" represents the American political map during a general election.

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