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Add It Up and See — Are You a Swing Voter?

"I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States of. . . Pennsylvania?" It seems that way anymore, with all attention being lavished upon that holy grail of voter, the Swing Voter. Because like it or lump it, the Electoral College system means the presidential race is decided really by 15ish states — those with the big enough electoral "score" to make a difference in the race to the magic winning number of 270. PA's hefty score makes those votes more attractive and potentially a bigger deal than others.

Want to find out how "swingy" your own vote is? Slate has put together this handy calculator to figure out that very thing. Slot in six easy facts about you and see both your "pull" and swing factor. The tool weights the state you're voting in higher than any other factor, and then adds in key demographics about race and education, finishing off with how many people there are like you in your state. The guts of the calculator are based purely on polls, so it is only a close facsimile of voter behavior — but with a week left, if the needle points sharply to one side or the other when you put in your info, clear off the sofa. You can bet one of the campaigns will be paying you a visit.


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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I am certainly swingy.
lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
Neither one of them will be appreciative of my vote.
emilita emilita 8 years
I got a 99!! Must be North CArolina??
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
31...I thought I would be even more "still" because I'm a 19 year old Catholic woman going to college and living in California. :ponder:
geebers geebers 8 years
20...higher than I imagined.
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
13, but that's cuz I'm a 29yo white chic from CA with no religion and some college. Boring! lol
Tami715 Tami715 8 years
Booo, 18 :(
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
29 here too. I am of the non-swingy persuasion. :(
queenegg queenegg 8 years
82. I guess it's because I live in Virginia.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
Jessamae22 Jessamae22 8 years
86!! Definitely swingin' Probably due to living in Ohio :)
bacon1 bacon1 8 years
I got a 73 and I live in PA. Woo-hoo, I'm swingy.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Hmmmm...I'm a different kind of "swinger" :howyoudoin:
javsmav javsmav 8 years
zcoral--how did you get a 64 in DC? I played around with different options and never got out of the 20s. are you sure that DC was selected at the top & it didn't accidentally scroll down to FL?
theglossarie theglossarie 8 years
75 in Virginia :)
alikat07 alikat07 8 years
25 too, white postgrad educated (still being!) woman living in California under 30... lol.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Dang 25 ahahah
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
your not missing much Jude...
zcoral zcoral 8 years
I got a 64, and I live in D.C. Hmmm..
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I'm in Cali and already voted, so no, I'm not. The thingy doesn't work for me at work :(
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
oh undave... :rotfl: :rotfl:
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I got a 50. Does that mean I'm dull, or moderate?
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
I got a 64. But I've already made up my mind. :)
summerteeth summerteeth 8 years
I got a 33. Illinois tends to be labeled "liberal" based on Chicago, but I actually live in a super conservative area.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
40. But I don't live in a swing state (thanks a *ton*, Texas! >( ), and I usually vote really my vote doesn't even count. Lame.
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