Do The Swing States Matter?

With just under three months remaining in the campaigns, I strolled through the NY Times Electoral Map and wondered. With the media so willing to call an election long before the polls close in the West, will it really matter how the people in Iowa, Colorado, or Nevada really feel about the election? If their candidate is projected to win, it makes sense for them to head to the polls. If their candidate is losing, will the “why bother” sentiment set in? There are eight states according to the map sitting west of the Mississippi River whose election outcome cannot, at this time, be projected. That’s a total of fifty-eight electoral votes. Maybe it is too much to ask, but I hope that all the media outlets just let the election play out, and not attempt to race to be the first to declare a winner.


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