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DOMINGUEZ LOPEZ, Ernesto. Florida in the Tipping Point: The Sunshine State in U.S. Politics. Norteamérica [online]. 2019, vol.14, n.1, pp.119-150.  Epub 30-Jun-2020. ISSN 2448-7228.

This article studies U.S. presidential elections in the state of Florida. The author proposes a series of criteria for defining a swing state, observing that Florida has fulfilled them since the early 1990s, and analyzing its impact starting with the growth of its Electoral College. He interprets its transformation into a swing state as the expression on a state level of the realignment that occurred in the 1970s and 1980s, observing a continuous trend of a changing national composition of the Latino communities and variations in their electoral behavior. These trends and the data logged in the framework of a national transition process indicate the existence of conditions for a new political realignment in the state as part of the national realignment. The emerging configuration of the political system in this state has yet to be determined.

Palabras llave : United States; Florida; elections; swing state; realignment; electoral demographics.

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