Purple state is a term gaining popularity in the US media. It refers to "battleground" or "swing" states in United States Presidential elections. These states are the ones that candidates expend disproportionate resources in. Examples of "purple" states include: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire.
"Purple" refers to the tradition of classifying states as "Red" or "Blue", responding to an Electoral College vote of Republican and Democratic presidential candidate, respectively. In this scheme, very close states are colored purple until the final vote tally is finished. In reality, most states are "purple" if viewed on a per-county basis.
Blue in local elections, Red in presidential elections:
Red in local elections, blue in presidential elections:
- Blue Dog Democrat
- Gun control of the Purple States
- Blue states or Unfree states of Big Government-Welfare state-Nanny state-Statist-Police state
- Purple states - swing states that can vote either Republican or Democrat
- Free States Movement
- Strategic relocation: Vote with your feet
- American Redoubt - Free State Wyoming - Free State Project