The Impact of Swing States

Elections of any type are typically very competitive.

Whether it is for a school student council or President of the United States, every candidate will campaign and do what they can to win.

In the current 2020 election, the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, and Republican candidate and current president, Donald Trump, have been relentlessly advertising themselves and what their administrations will do for the American people.

In simplistic theory, democracy would consist of eligible people voting and the candidate with the most votes assuming office.

However, American democracy is more complicated than that.

There are eight critical states in this election that former VP Joe Biden and President Donald Trump will have to work extra hard to gain their vote.

Swing states, sometimes known as “battleground” or “purple” states, are essential for either party to win the presidential election.

These states do not have one evident loyalty to a party and historically have swung between the two parties, hence the name “swing states.”

Candidates often choose to campaign in the most competitive states to swing their vote and cause a more considerable impact on the nation.

This competition of swing states is why some areas receive more advertisements than others during the campaign season for individual candidates.

In the 2020 election, the eight key swing states are Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

As of October 26, 2020, all of the states mentioned above presented with being majority democrat when individuals were asked whom they would vote for on November 3.

Experts attribute Biden’s lead to his support within white, university-educated voters. President Trump’s support among white working-class voters, however, is slowly decreasing.

Averages indicate that just over 50% of voters have made plans to support Joe Biden.

This election will undoubtedly be fierce, but in the end, it all comes back to the founding ideal of democracy and the voice of the American people.