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tompaine.com | The Shrinking Battleground

by Jack Santucci // Published November 2, 2005
from tompaine.com by Chris Pearson and Ryan O'Donnell

New data from FairVote demonstrates that, in terms of dollars and media effort spent on winning voters over, ever fewer matter in America's Presidential contest.

"Battleground state" was a term most Americans heard a lot during the last election, but chances are, your state was not one of them. In 2004, a whopping two-thirds of the states were unabashedly ignored. They didn"t see a TV ad, get a visit from a candidate or experience much, if any, campaign presence. Voters in most of the country had absolutely no chance to air concerns about local issues.

The report is available on FairVote.org.