Pennsylvania is still considered a presidential battleground state in only 2 of 12 maps kept by national media outlets, according to an analysis by the University of Minnesota's Smart Politics. The two are National Journal and USA Today.
From the report:
Only two states appeared on the lists of each of the dozen media outlets under analysis: Florida and Virginia.
In 2008, Florida was the fifth most narrowly decided contest (+2.8 points for Obama) behind Missouri, North Carolina, Indiana, and Montana while Virginia was eighth (+6.3 points for Obama).
Another five states were listed by 11 outlets: Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Ohio. Huffington Post opted to rate each under its "Leans Obama" category instead.
After this group came North Carolina which appeared on eight lists, followed by Wisconsin at seven, Michigan at four, Arizona, Missouri, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania at two, and Indiana and Minnesota at one.
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