Meaning of swing vote in English:

swing vote


mainly US
  • A vote that is regarded as decisive to the outcome of an election because it is not predictable which candidate or party it will be cast for.

    ‘With polls indicating the ANC will win two-thirds of the vote nationally, the swing vote will not determine the government of the day.’
    • ‘The owner wants to be in control of that swing vote, which often means the owner is the swing vote.’
    • ‘There is also a very inspired black voter turnout, which in fact is the swing vote.’
    • ‘The swing vote will be minorities and women in 2004, and the gender gap will be wider than in 2000.’
    • ‘Longtime mayor Jack Loucks held the swing vote on the matter and decided to vote in favour of the plan.’
    • ‘During the last 28 years, Catholics - who make up over a quarter of the total electorate - have proven to be an important swing vote.’
    • ‘A minority can leverage its power by being a swing vote.’
    • ‘Because she was a crucial swing vote on so many cases, many conservative groups are prepared for a bare-knuckled - and possibly ugly - fight over her successor.’
    • ‘She, often described as the all-important swing vote on the court, and her replacement is bound, certainly under the circumstances now, to create a major fight later this summer.’
    • ‘Last year she was the swing vote in a 5-4 ruling that said disabled people can sue if states ignore a civil rights law on access to courthouses.’
    • ‘Beyond the political swing vote, however, more important and more fundamental to liberating ourselves from dependence is creating an intellectual center.’
    • ‘Both sides have spent years preparing for the pivotal battle over who will succeed Justice O'Connor, the critical swing vote on abortion rights and other social issues.’
    • ‘Each of the candidates already has formed his support base in the rightish/leftish wings of society, so both are now attempting to target the so-called swing vote.’
    • ‘‘You could have been the swing vote in our department,’ he said.’
    • ‘And as so often, Sandra Day O'Connor was the swing vote.’
    • ‘The swing vote is completely incomprehensible.’
    • ‘A swing vote, he has joined Democrats on some issues.’
    • ‘The moderates hold the swing vote in this country.’
    • ‘France knows that it is the swing vote on the council.’
    • ‘He was the key swing vote in both cases.’