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Independent: Clinton, Trump Turning States Purple

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By    |   Tuesday, 25 Oct 2016 08:33 PM

The turbulent 2016 presidential race has the potential to make history and produce three new swing states, according to The Independent.

The UK media outlet points to four particular states this election is turning purple, including Georgia, Texas, Arizona and Utah.

"Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, is attracting support in the so-called Rust Belt, making him a contender in Iowa and Ohio, which in recent years have been key swing states," Tim Walker wrote. "But, early in his general election campaign, he also promised to put Democratic strongholds such as New York and California in play. That hasn't happened.

"Instead, the property developer has generated unprecedented levels of opposition from minority groups, whose rising political influence has put Republican dominance in doubt in several states, accelerating trends that the GOP establishment has long feared."

The four states have not voted for a Democrat candidate for at least 20 years. Georgia and Arizona last voted for Bill Clinton in 1992, Texas for Jimmy Carter in 1976 and Utah for Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

Hillary Clinton leads in Utah and Arizona and Trump leads in Georgia and Texas. Pro-Clinton super-Pacs are still making a push in Georgia, though, and one group spent $2 million on an ad there last week. In Utah, Indiana Governor Mike Pence – Trump's running mate – was campaigning last week.

"Trump did not impress them during the primaries, particularly when he made personal attacks on his rival's wife, Heidi Cruz," Walker wrote. "And when the Access Hollywood tape emerged, in which he bragged of having sexually assaulted women, Utah's Republican leaders also deserted him."

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