Media not exactly sure which states warrant ‘battleground’ status

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Smart Politics review “of the 2012 presidential electoral projection maps released by 12 major media outlets finds they yield 10 different lists designating the most competitive states to watch this cycle (e.g. battleground / swing / toss-up).”

“Only two states appeared on the lists of each of the dozen media outlets under analysis: Florida and Virginia. Another five states were listed by 11 outlets: Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Ohio followed by North Carolina at eight, Wisconsin at seven, Michigan at four, Arizona, Missouri, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania at two, and Indiana and Minnesota at one.”

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