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Florida and the 2016 Election of Donald J. Trump$
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Matthew T. Corrigan and Michael Binder

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056234

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056234.001.0001

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The Importance of Florida in Presidential Elections

The Importance of Florida in Presidential Elections

(p.5) 1 The Importance of Florida in Presidential Elections
Florida and the 2016 Election of Donald J. Trump

Aubrey Jewett

University Press of Florida

Since 1996, Florida has become the most important state in presidential elections. It has the most electoral votes of any battleground state and the third most among all states. It actually swings between the major parties, has supported the overall winner six campaigns in a row (one of only two states to do so), and its margin of victory for the winner over that period is the smallest of any state. In addition, pre-election polls consistently predict the Sunshine State will be very close, and presidential candidates act strategically by visiting frequently and by spending larger sums on campaign advertising in Florida than in any other state.

Keywords:   Battleground state, Florida, Presidential elections, Electoral votes

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