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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 October, 2004, 16:54 GMT 17:54 UK
'Swing States' Your Questions
As George Bush and John Kerry are still neck and neck in the polls, the result of the US presidential election could depend on a handful of swing states once again. But what are the issues that will decide who wins in these key battlegrounds?

You put your questions to our panel of guests in four states where the result is likely to be very close - Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio - in a series of interactive forums on BBC News 24 and News Online. Watch the programmes on this page by clicking on the video buttons below.


New technology has been brought in to help avoid the problems during the last presidential poll, when tens of thousands of ballot papers in the state were discarded by the automatic counters because they were not properly punched through.

Dr. Susan MacManus from the University of South Florida, answered your questions. To watch forum, click on the button below.


Michigan politics used to be split down class lines, but these days voting habits are harder to predict. It has a strong industrial base, but the loss of around 200,000 manufacturing jobs since President Bush took office may work in the Democrats favour.

Dr. Lyke Thompson from Michigan's Wayne State University, answered your questions.


The large industrial state of Pennsylvania is a top Republican target. A swing state for the past 70 years, it went to Al Gore in 2000. It has received high attention from both candidates since March when Kerry became the Democratic candidate.

Professor Michael Hagen, co-author of 'The 2000 Presidential Election and the Foundations of Party Politics', answered your questions. Click on the button below.


Ohio has voted for the winner of every presidential election since 1964. Another state with an industrial base, it is also conservative on issues such as abortion and same sex marriage. The state also allows people to carry concealed weapons.

You put your questions to Democrat supporter Don Isenstadt and Republican Susan Adrianowycz, both of whom have given up their jobs to work as full-time volunteers on the campaign trail. To watch, click on the button below.

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