A report in the New York Times suggests that there are 9 swing states in play in the U.S. Presidential election – that’s a lot of swinging! The states are as follows: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virgina. As a result, these swinging states have gotten a lot of political action lately. But are they really swing states?
The answer is technically, no. Benny Goodman, the King of Swing was from Chicago. One could argue that Chicago was the birthplace of swing, although its roots are New Orleans, where all of American music originated. And Count Basie, one of the great Big Band leaders, grew up in New Jersey, paid his dues in Harlem and formed his Count Basie Orchestra in Kansas City. Therefore, the real swing states are Missouri and Illinois, linked to New Orleans via the mighty Mississippi River.
Of the 9 states, only Nevada could qualify as a true swing state, because it really is the place where all the swingers end up. Just ask Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.