The presidential debates are now over, and Governor Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Congressman Paul Ryan are all now sprinting across the country in their final push toward Election Day, focusing most of their efforts in the “swing states.”
The majority of states are categorized as either “red” states, meaning they overwhelmingly vote for the Republican candidate in presidential elections, or “blue” states, meaning they tend to vote Democratic.
Swing states are those that have moved back and forth between the Republicans and Democrats in previous elections, and the candidate that gains the most Electoral College votes from these nine swing states on November 6th will win the White House.
The swing states are: Florida, Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, Iowa, Colorado, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Nevada.
Both parties for the better part of the last year have prioritized their polling efforts, campaign stops, get out the vote drives, and ad spending in these states, and they are now pouring every resource available into these crucial states to secure a victory.
We strongly encourage Inaugural Scholars to monitor news from the campaign trail over the next 10 days, paying special attention to polling data and news reports from the all-important swing states.
Make your predictions on how each of the states will vote at: