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United States Every Swing State since 2000  

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A complete list of every Swing State since the year 2000. Swing states (also known as purple states) are states where no particular candidate has a noticeable advantage. The state could swing red, or it could swing blue. These states and their polls become the focus during presidential elections as their electoral votes are often the deciding factor as to which candidate wins the election. The opposite of a swing state is a "safe state", where a political party has overwhelming support. Swing states are made possible by the Electoral College and the "winner take all" system used by most states, where the candidate with the state's highest popular vote receives all of that state's electoral votes. Criticism and desired reform have been expressed regarding the "winner take all" system.

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Colorado is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Every Swing State since 2000
Colorado 1876-08-01 - In 2004 Red won by 4.67%

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Florida is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Every Swing State since 2000
Florida 1845-03-03 - In 2000 Red won by 0.01%; In 2008 Blue won by 2.51%

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Indiana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Every Swing State since 2000
Indiana 1816-12-11 - In 2008 Blue won by 0.96%

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Iowa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Every Swing State since 2000
Iowa 1846-12-28 - In 2000 Blue won by 0.31%; In 2004 Red won by 0.67%

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Michigan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Every Swing State since 2000
Michigan 1837-01-26 - In 2004 Blue won by 3.42%

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Minnesota is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Every Swing State since 2000
Minnesota 1817-12-10 - In 2000 Blue won by 2.40%; In 2004 Blue won by 3.48%

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Missouri is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Every Swing State since 2000
Missouri 1821-08-10 - In 2000 Red won by 3.34%; In 2008 Red won by 0.14%

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Montana is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Every Swing State since 2000
Montana 1889-11-08 - In 2008 Red won by 3.44%

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New Hampshire is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Every Swing State since 2000
New Hampshire 1788-06-21 - In 2000 Red won by 1.27%; In 2004 Blue won by 1.37%

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New Mexico is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Every Swing State since 2000
New Mexico 1912-01-06 - In 2000 Blue won by 0.06%; In 2004 Red won by 0.79%

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Nevada is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Every Swing State since 2000
Nevada 1864-10-31 - In 2000 Red won by 3.55%; In 2004 Red won by 2.59%

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North Carolina is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Every Swing State since 2000
North Carolina 1789-11-21 - In 2008 Blue won by 0.32%

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Ohio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Every Swing State since 2000
Ohio 1803-03-01 - In 2000 Red won by 3.51%; In 2004 Red won by 2.11%; In 2008 Blue won by 3.82%

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Oregon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Every Swing State since 2000
Oregon 1859-02-14 - In 2000 Blue won by 0.44%; In 2004 Blue won by 4.16%

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Pennsylvania is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Every Swing State since 2000
Pennsylvania 1787-12-12 - In 2000 Blue won by 4.17%; In 2004 Blue won by 2.50%

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Tennessee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Every Swing State since 2000
Tennessee 1796-06-01 - In 2000 Red won by 3.86%

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Wisconsin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Every Swing State since 2000
Wisconsin 1848-05-29 - In 2000 Blue won by 0.22%; In 2004 Blue won by 0.38%