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June 18, 2012

5 myths about swing states

Swing states: Pundits love to talk about them, and candidates lavish attention on them. Sometimes it seems that the nominees are running for president of the United States of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, and that the rest of us are just spectators. But much of what we think we know about these key states, which switch party allegiances with some frequency, has been knocked down by political science research – and sometimes, by recent history. Here are a few misperceptions about these in-demand states.

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