Pennsylvania is certainly a contested state in presidential elections but whether it’s a swing state anymore is open to debate.
Pennsylvania was a swing state in the elections of 1856 and 1860.
Democrat James Buchanan, Pennsylvania’s first and only president, won Pennsylvania in 1856. Republican Abraham Lincoln won the Keystone State in 1860.
The two elections occurred during a time of realignment of the nation’s political parties – spurred by the growing sectional divide over slavery yet influenced also by changes wrought by immigration, industrialization and western expansion. READ MORE »