Why a shrinking battleground map is bad news for Trump and Republicans

The 2024 presidential race will likely be decided by seven swing states, accounting for less than one-fifth of the United States population.

The swing states former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden are eyeing to capture this year, Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, are far fewer in number than in previous elections.

“Each vote everywhere counts, but the 61 million Americans living in the seven battlegrounds will decide who’s president,” said Karl Rove, former White House chief of staff under President George W. Bush.

Having such a focused electoral map means a lot of money will be spent by both parties vying to flip undecided voters there. Trump’s campaign lags behind Biden’s in fundraising — Trump ended February with $33.5 million cash on hand, compared to Biden’s $77 million. This cash translates into TV ads, staffers, and mail
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