historical usage of swing state
Battleground state is the oldest of the three terms, and we find examples of its use in its current political sense as early as 1860. The term underscores the grueling fight that can take place between opposing candidates who vie to win votes in a state with roughly equal support for both parties.
Purple state , the newest of the three terms, took on its current meaning in 2000, when political commentators settled on a consistent color scheme for depicting U.S. election maps: blue for a state in which Democrats have a majority; red where Republicans are in the majority; and purple (a blend of the colors blue and red) for a state with a nearly even split in voter allegiance. The term therefore emphasizes the fact that in a closely divided state, the mood and choices of voters may be hard to discern, even as they enter the polling booths on Election Day. A related but slightly different political use of the word purple is based on the observation that most states are politically and ideologically diverse: We live in a purple America and are not as polarized between red and blue as the news media would have us believe.
But the most frequently used term among the three is swing state , which seems to have gained traction during the politically tumultuous 1960s. The term underscores the drama of a close election, whose outcome can remain uncertain until the polls close. Famously close presidential contests (Kennedy–Nixon in 1960; Bush–Gore in 2000) have been determined by how a handful of swing states ultimately voted.
Although all three terms can be used interchangeably, they describe the drama of closely contested elections from distinctly different angles.
How to use swing state in a sentence
Dental leaders barnstormed the state, and cities began to fluoridate.Anti-Fluoriders Are The OG Anti-Vaxxers|Michael Schulson|July 27, 2016|DAILY BEAST
But on Thursday Boxer triggered a Golden State political earthquake, announcing that she would not seek a fifth term in 2016.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Meanwhile, in Florida, Bush was flooded with questions about whether gay marriage could possibly come to the Sunshine State.
This week, Florida became the 36th state to allow same-sex marriage.
But if you have a hearing and you prove that someone is mature enough, well then that state interest evaporates.Should Teens Have The Right To Die?|Brandy Zadrozny|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
If we can free this State of Yankees, we will accomplish more than your armies down south have.
Walls End Castle, when the party broke up, returned to its normal state.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
The next morning he came rushing into the office, in a violent state of excitement.
He could not tell what I meant by secrets of state, where an enemy or some rival nation were not in the case.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
From the very first of the war their work was to help exterminate the guerrilla bands which infested the State.