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Thread #147991   Message #3433064
Posted By: GUEST,Lighter
08-Nov-12 - 11:36 AM
Thread Name: BS: Election of the US President
Subject: RE: BS: Election of the US President
This "red state"/ "blue state" business is fairly recent and is just shorthand for how the state has voted or is likely to vote. It has nothing to do with how votes are counted.

It's simply the result of polling. That means in a real election (when, for example, Tuesday night New Jersey was "blue" or Democratic) or in opinion polls. (Alabama is reliable "red" or Republican).

Obviously the colors can change. And "purple" means a state whose voters seem evenly divided.