Donald Trump probably didn’t know that….
Hillary Clinton definitely didn’t know this….
In The Week, Ryan Cooper lets on to a secret that political media won’t reveal, but most of us pundits know….
There are safe Republicans electoral states and there are safe Democratic states….
The race for President REALLY involves only the ‘swing’ states that jump from one candidate to another every four years….
Candidates rally campaign seriously in the other states after they wrap up the nomination of their party to run for President….
Hillary Clinton lost them even as she amassed a popular vote margin of almost 3 million votes MORE than Donald Trump….
After about this time next year?
Look for the Democratic nominee to concentrate of these states….
Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and Michigan…..
I’ve been pointing out that Joe Biden started his campaign in Pennsylvania….
If he becomes the Democratic choice?
He will had a head start already ….
The 2016 candidates spent almost all their time in a handful of states, most of them medium or large. Two-thirds of campaign events happened in just six states — Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, and Michigan. If we include Iowa, New Hampshire, Colorado, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Arizona, then those 12 states account for 96 percent of campaign events.
The nine smallest states (including D.C.), meanwhile, got precisely zeroattention. Only the tenth-largest, New Hampshire, got any events at all. In total, 25 states (mostly small and medium-sized) got no events whatsoever. And while it’s true the states that got huge attention are mostly on the big side, the very largest states were almost totally ignored as well — California and Texas got one event apiece, and New York none.
The reason for this is obvious. Almost every state gives all of its electoral votes to whoever wins the state — allowing candidates to take the votes of strongly partisan states for granted. Indeed, it’s actively foolish to campaign where you are guaranteed to win or lose — only the swing states matter. It would be a waste of resources for a Democrat to campaign in California or Kentucky, or for a Republican to campaign in New York or D.C….