purple state


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purple state

n.
A state whose electorate votes in roughly equal measure for Republican and Democratic candidates in a statewide election.

[On the model of blue state and red state.]
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Competition is good, but the idea that Texas is going to become a purple state, or even a blue state is out of the realm of - give me a time frame - are we talking 50 years?
Red and purple state Democratic senators know that if they vote to confirm Sotomayor, they will face a lot of unhappy constituents back home," Mr.
What they do with it will say a lot about the future of New Hampshire politics and whether it will be perceived as a red, blue or purple state in the future.
Colorado: Another Republican retirement in a purple state has created a strong Democratic pickup opportunity.
But his drawing has progressively become more concerned with formal issues, particularly color relationships: smooth patches of gray, blue, and green ink, orange highways cutting across purple state lines.
Acxiom found that this purple population may not be as ambivalent as they seem, but that both the Democratic and Republican candidates have an opportunity to win them over by targeting their messages to the purple state voter's interests and behaviors.
If California becomes a purple state, and Democrats can no longer assume its 20 percent of 270 electoral votes, Republicans nationwide will be indebted to the immigrants' son who plucked up Goldwater's banner of conservatism with a Western libertarian flavor.
And within the next six to eight years, I believe that Texas will at least be a purple state, if not a blue state.
Republicans could influence purple state voters by appealing to their right-leaning tendencies, such as fiscal conservatism, while Democrats could successfully counter these messages by speaking to the obvious economic and health care issues.
I think when you have that ground work and when you have the right candidates to excite folks, then you're going to start to see progress and within the next six to eight years, I believe that Texas will at least be a purple state, if not a blue state,' Castro said on CNN.
It doesn't matter if you're from a red, blue or purple state, government overspending has real economic consequences - for now, and for the future," said Public Notice's executive director Gretchen Hamel.
New Web Channel Concludes Purple State Bus Tour & Visits New York