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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Despite being a purple state, Republicans have held 10 of North Carolina's 13 congressional seats since a GOP-controlled redistricting prior to the 2012 election.
Colorado turned from a blue state to a purple state in November.
The strategy worked in the Senate races in the red states of North Dakota, Missouri, and Indiana--and barely in the purple state of Florida.
Nevada is a purple state, but has been trending blue in recent elections.
But to win, the leading Republican and Democratic candidates are eschewing the middle ground in this heavily independent purple state to appeal to their respective bases.
In a major defeat to the administration of President Donald Trump, voters in the purple state of Maine decided Tuesday to expand access to the Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
In a pair of online articles (go to americantheatre.org), Milwaukee Rep managing director Chad Bauman writes about making theatre in a purple state, and David Dudley checks in with such protest theatre stalwarts as Double Edge Theatre, Bread and Puppet Theater, and Jean-Claude van Itallie.
It's always a purple state. I think Ohio is going to be a huge player in the next presidential election, and you're going to still see a lot of people in the nation looking to her for direction.
"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.
A daunting task faces the Republicans, perhaps a "perfect storm." 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.