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Schultz Publishes Book on Political Swing States


Hamline political science professor David Schultz has published his latest book, "Presidential Swing States: Why Only Ten Matter" through Lexington Books. This first-of-its-kind book that explains why some states are more decisive and important in American presidential elections than others. 

"The 2016 presidential race is arguably already over in 40 states and the District of Columbia. If recent presidential election trends are any indication of what will happen in 2016, democrats in Texas and republicans in New York might as well stay home on Election Day because their votes will matter little in the presidential race,” Schultz said. “But for those in Ohio, Florida, Colorado, Iowa, and a handful of other states, their votes matter. These states will be battered with a barrage of presidential candidate visits, commercials, political spending, and countless stories about them by the media."

Understanding why the presidential race has been effectively reduced to only ten states is the subject of "Presidential Swing States: Why Ten Only Matter." Schultz wrote the book with Stacey Hunter Hecht, a professor at Bethel University. Presidential Swing States includes in-depth chapters on all the critical swing states that Schultz and Hecht anticipate will dominate the 2016 presidential race: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The leading experts on those ten states authored the chapters on each state. Other chapters look at Missouri, previously a swing state, and Indiana, a potential future swing state. Schultz and Hecht provide an overview and explanation of what swing states are and a conclusion seeking to explain what characteristics create swing states.

The book can be found at Amazon.com, through the publisher, Lexington Books, and at bookstores.