As we approach the presidential election in the United States, the ranks of the undecided are only slowly thinning.
The fun part about this? Even if you are a swing voter, the chances are pretty decent neither Obama nor McCain are trying to get your vote.
Let’s say you live in Texas and are undecided. Texas is solidly red and will vote for McCain. It’s something you could safely bet your life on. While there may be Obama volunteers doing their thing, from a strategic standpoint the campaign would be foolish to bother spending many resources in the state.
On the flipside, McCain’s Texas campaign could be a 15-minute pit stop in Abilene where he does nothing except burp, fart, and sniff his armpits. He’ll still carry the state 2-1.
Neither one of the campaigns really cares what Texas swing voters do. They will have no effect on the election.
Now replace Texas with the list of all states that are solidly behind one candidate to check to see who doesn’t count.
Electoral College FTL.