For each state, the map uses the average of all public telephone polls (internet polls are not included in the average) taken within 14 days of the map's release date (all polls earlier than that will drop off). For example, the map published on October 15 does not include any poll earlier than October 1, except if the latest poll in a state was conducted before that date (for example, the most recent poll in Vermont was taken on August 31). States within a three-point lead for the Republican or Democratic candidate are classified as toss-ups; states between a five-to-eight-point lead for the Republican or Democratic candidate are classified as "lean" for that candidate; states outside the eight-point lead are allocated to the respective party. Please note: for some states, the most recent polls available at this time are up to one year old and other states with no polling yet available have been classified Republican or Democrat based on their 2008 results.
Election 2012: State of the Race
* Correction on previous map: Kentucky was mistakenly counted as "safe Romney" in the May 22, 2012 map. It is still classified as "lean Romney" due to older polls from August 2011. While this reliably GOP state will likely move to "safe Romney" with its next round of polling, the "safe Romney" total on the last map should have been 98, not 106 as was displayed.
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