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Along with many people here, I've been following David Wasserman's slow but steady tally of the general election results. One of the things I find interesting is this whole notion of swing states: who decides what a swing state is? If you look at the results, Georgia, Arizona and Missouri - none of which were considered swing states - all had closer margins than Michigan - which was considered by many to be a swing state.

Of course, the punditocracy never expected this election to be so lopsided, and many if not most had these states to be far more red than purple, but given the stark facts these results show, if Minnesota and Michigan are ever bandied about as being in play again, then so must Georgia and Arizona (Not sure about Missouri though); and not just because of their growing Latino population, but simply because their winning margins for the Republican candidate were equivalent to the winning margins in Minnesota and Michigan for the Democratic candidate.

I think this is a meme we should begin now. When referring to swing states, always include Ga and Az. Just throw them in the pile. They clearly belong, given the math. If nothing else, expanding this list of swinginess to the point of silliness might force the media to reexamine what it means to be a swing state, and evict the clearly blue states that never should've been there in the first place.

Originally posted to crispycreme on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 02:19 PM PST.

Also republished by Baja Arizona Kossacks.

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