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We've got the power! WalletHub says AZ voters have the most presidential election clout

Posted: 1:06 PM, Oct 17, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-17 19:07:26Z
Flex those political muscles Nov. 8 Arizona.  Personal finance website  WalletHub  analyzed which states have the most and least powerful voters -- Arizona came out on top.  
 
A steady stream of candidates and their surrogates have been stumping in Arizona this election season. Donald Trump has made six stops in the Grand Canyon state.  This week  Bernie Sanders, Michelle Obama and Chelsea Clinton are all scheduled to campaign for Hillary Clinton in Arizona.  There may be a very good reason for Clinton saturating the state with surrogates just a few weeks out from election day. 
 
"In a presidential election, voter power varies widely by state. While all votes are theoretically counted equally - one person, one vote - the choices of swing-state citizens are more influential," WalletHub said. "It’s safe to assume that Alabama will vote Republican and California will vote Democratic in the upcoming election. But, the electoral results of swing states are up in the air, giving their voters more impact."
 
WalletHub’s analysts calculated a "Voter Power Score" for each state. It used win probabilities and graded each state election on a 100-point scale, giving 100 points to the states with a 50 percent chance of swinging either Red or Blue and 0 points to the states with no chance of one party determining the election.  
 
Click the map to see WalletHub's top ten states with the most powerful voters.
 
Our typically red state may buck the trend this presidential election according to FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver. Last week, Silver reported Clinton currently has a 53 percent chance to win the Grand Canyon State, compared to 47 percent for Donald Trump.  A Clinton win in the general election would be the first time Arizona went blue in a presidential election since 1996, when Bill Clinton took the state. However, website 270 TO WIN still has Arizona as a toss up, with the poll difference between Clinton and Trump averaging 5 points or less.  
 

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