Long-held traditions of what state is red or blue are being challenged by this year’s hotly contested election.
As many as half of the nation’s 50 states could be up for grabs, reports the Houston Chronicle. That’s an overwhelming change over the years 2000 to 2004, when just three states — Iowa, New Mexico, and New Hampshire — changed from one party’s candidate to another four years later.
Among those up for grabs key states New Hampshire, Ohio, Missouri, New Mexico and Iowa. Neither party has won more than three of these states in the past five elections.
New Hampshire, known for independent voters, could swing to John McCain because of his maverick appeal. Add to that some industrial states in the rust belt where McCain’s straight-forward, blue-collar appeal might play well, and the stage could be set for a major Republican victory.
USA Today reports that McCain is eyeing New Jersey and even California, a Democratic holdout since 1992. California’s 55 electoral votes could add heft to red coffers.
Some Republican strongholds could fall to Barack Obama, however. Virginia, with its liberal Washington suburbs, and Indiana, where Republicans have been facing controversies, could go blue, according to the Chronicle.
Colorado — a red state for the last three presidential elections — has been shifting toward the Democrats, one of the reasons Denver was chosen for the Democratic National Convention, according to USA Today.
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