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Swinging In The Swing States

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Let the campaigns begin! The attack ads are in full force now. I've seen door-to-door volunteers recruiting and fund raising. Both candidates are scooping up money from donors (either for their own campaign wallets or for party organizations that will support them). We've heard talk of Obama's "50-state strategy" and McCain's strong push for women voters and independents. In the end, this is not a national election... With the electoral college we have 50 individual state elections, plus the District of Columbia. Which makes the fight for the purple swing states more important than ever. It's all a big climb to that magic mark: 270 electoral votes. The big question, then, is what do you think it will take to win this election?

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