A US state where the Democratic and Republican parties have similar levels of support among voters: Iowa today is a purple state, pretty evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats Compare with blue state and red state.
More example sentences
- Is this she going to be called down to Florida to campaign in that race, or New Jersey or some of these purple states?
- All of the states you just mentioned are basically purple states.
- The governors have a record of victory, including in blue states and purple states.
with allusion to the fact that the colour purple is a blend of red and blue.
Definition of purple state in:
- The US English dictionary