Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania. Some of the most hotly contested, heavily analyzed swing states in the nation. In the next few days I will be going over the political composition of these states – where the Democrats and Republicans have their voting base. I will also look at “swing” regions inside these states, which may support either the Democratic or Republican candidate.
While the media and popular opinion labels Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania as “swing states,” all three swing in one consistent direction more often than not. Florida and Ohio swing right: when the country turns red, they tend to be a bit more red and when the country turns blue, they tend to be a bit less blue. Pennsylvania swings in the opposite direction; it is always more Democratic than the nation at large. These political leanings have held true for election after election (including the most recent one), no matter who the candidates are or what their campaigns do. They have immense political significance.