I spent the first thirty years of my life living in the State of California; I grew up in San Diego county before moving to Florida five years ago. There are a ton of differences between the two states – different types of beaches, different types of people, different bugs, different weather, a whole lot of difference.
Another difference between the two states, one that not everyone would get to see unless they spent a lot of time in both areas, is the political climate. California tends to be a Democratic state by default. There are conservative parts of the state, but overall, you can bank on California having voted Democratic on election nights even before their votes are even tallied. Florida is a bit different.
I want to break down some basics of what a battleground state (also referred to as a “swing state”) is. While campaigning, politicians focus their energies on where votes matter most. States that typically vote red, or Republican, wouldn’t receive as many scheduled rallies and events on the campaign trail as places like Nevada, Maine, or Minnesota where it’s more of a toss-up to see what voters will do.