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Election 2012: The Swing States

Some states are considered safe for one candidate or the other. For example, most people agree that President Barack Obama will win California and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will win Texas. But there are some states — called swing states — across the country that could go either way.

There are about a dozen swing states that can determine the winner of the 2012 presidential election. Also known as battleground states, swing states this year include Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Michigan.

What is a swing state? What role do they play in presidential elections? And why are they important? The Kid Reporters explain in this special report!

Articles

Election 2012: The Power of the Swing State
Election 2012: The Power of the Swing State
by Jacob Schroeder
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | October22,2012
Some states are considered safe for one candidate or the other. But there are some states - called swing states -√?¬? across the country that could go either way.
Election 2012: Colorado: A Pivotal State
Election 2012: Colorado: A Pivotal State
by Leila Sachner
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | October22,2012
One of the most important swing states in the 2012 presidential election is Colorado. Like the various other swing states scattered across the country, Colorado is equally divided between Republicans and Democrats.
Election 2012: All Eyes on Iowa - Again
Election 2012: All Eyes on Iowa - Again
by Adam Metivier
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | October22,2012
Both President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney have been paying extra attention to the Hawkeye State. The result has left the two candidates in a tight contest.
Election 2012: Battleground Wisconsin
Election 2012: Battleground Wisconsin
by Alysa Goethe
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | October22,2012
In 2012, Wisconsin is to be a very important part of the election. And although Wisconsin does not have as many electoral votes as some other bigger states, their 10 votes can play a very important part in this year's election.
Election 2012: A Fight for Nevada
Election 2012: A Fight for Nevada
by Cheyenne Ruiz
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | October22,2012
In 2008, then-Senator Barack Obama won Nevada with 55.1 percent of the vote. But in 2012, the state is up for grabs. Nevada is one of numerous swing states in this election that could decide who will be the next President of the United States.
Election 2012: Sunshine Swing State
Election 2012: Sunshine Swing State
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | October22,2012
As Election Day draws near, the battle for Florida is extremely close. But whoever succeeds in Florida will definitely have a major advantage in this year‚??s presidential election.
Election 2012: Buckeye State Back and Forth
Election 2012: Buckeye State Back and Forth
by Zarin Loosli
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | October22,2012
Among the nine swing states that may determine the next President of the United States, Ohio is perhaps the most prominent.
Election 2012: Small But Mighty
Election 2012: Small But Mighty
by Chloe Conway
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | October22,2012
New Hampshire may be small, but it sure is mighty in American politics. In fact, New Hampshire is the fifth smallest state, but it will play an influential role in the upcoming 2012 presidential election in November.
Election 2012: Pennsylvania Up For Grabs?
Election 2012: Pennsylvania Up For Grabs?
by Katelyn Barr
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | October22,2012
Two months ago, Pennsylvania polls showed President Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney by a comfortable twelve to 15-point margin. Now, Obama is only ahead by two to nine points. Could this mean Pennsylvania is back up for grabs?
Election 2012: Possible Toss-Up in Michigan
Election 2012: Possible Toss-Up in Michigan
by Charlie Kadado
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | October26,2012
Michigan may have a Republican Governor, House, and Senate, but for the first time since the 1988 presidential election, polls in Michigan show a tight race for President Obama and Governor Romney.
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