US presidential election : Swing States

SHOTLIST: Images: 01:38SOURCE: AFP videographic/ AFP photo a ballot in front of the US mapthe swing states are detached from the card and wobble from side to side when changing color.close-up on a state with a result bar that goes up and down silhouette of 2 candidatesa stack of ballotsrain of dollars on the US mapphoto of Nixon and JF Kennedy; Illinois and Texas appearlocation of Florida and New Hampshirephoto of Bush and Al GorePhoto of Bush and Kerry, Ohiophoto of Trump and Hillary Clinton6 key states flicker----------------------------------------------------------- SCRIPT US Presidential Election Swing states 179 words September 9, 2020 In US presidential elections, swing states are states in which can reasonably be won by either the Democrat or Republican candidate. They are sometimes called battleground states. The result of the vote in a swing state can make or break a candidate. Together, they can represent a significant chunk of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the election. Candidates tend to spend time and money on swing states during the campaign. History proves it’s worth the effort. In 1960, Richard Nixon lost to John F. Kennedy after conceding in both Illinois and Texas. In 2000, victories in Florida and New Hampshire helped George W. Bush to the White House at the expense of Al Gore. And in 2004, Bush had swing state Ohio to thank for his second-term victory against John Kerry. In 2016 Republican Donald Trump’s success in winning the lion’s share of 11 key swing states proved decisive in his victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton. In 2020, there are expected to be at least six key swing states: Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. Sources: Realclearpolitics, Polyas, Newsweek