Hey, Arizona voter: Feeling powerful?
The financial advice website WalletHub did some computations. Its experts considered how close the race was in each state. Then they looked at the number of electoral votes.
And, finally, they divided the tally by the number of adults, representing eligible voters. Fewer voters translates into each vote that is cast being worth more.
What they found put Arizona at the top of the heap with the “Most Powerful Voters.”
Only Iowa and Alaska, other states where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump also are competitive, came close.
Whether it's the survey or something else, the Clinton campaign clearly is paying attention. And it smells victory in this traditionally red state.
With early voting now underway, the Clinton campaign just announced it will put another $2 million into advertising that would benefit not just the presidential nominee but could help Democrats further down the ticket.
"This is a state that would really foreclose a way for Donald Trump to win the White House,'' Robby Mook, Clinton's campaign manager, said in a conference call last week with reporters.
Those efforts, along with another possible visit from Clinton herself, could provide the bump needed.
Pollster Earl de Berge of the Behavior Research Center said it's not so much that visits by the candidates or their stand-ins are going to change a lot of minds. Instead, it's a recognition that the key to winning Arizona is getting out the vote.
One issue of note here, he said, is whether Hispanics will finally vote in closer proportion to the population.
Various groups have moved to get Hispanics registered over the years. And that effort may have been bolstered by Trump's comments about Mexicans as rapists and criminals as well as his focus on building a wall along the nation's southern border.
But history has shown that does not always translate to actual votes, not just in Arizona but elsewhere.
The Pew Research Center noted that four years ago there were 23.3 million eligible Hispanic voters in the country. The number who actually cast ballots, however, was less than half of that.
WalletHub starts with the chances a state is in play using numbers from FiveThirtyEight, which looks at polling from across the nation. A state that is 50-50 Clinton-Trump would rate 100 points; a state that is clearly going one way or the other is zero.
Arizona rates 98.
That is multiplied by the number of electors in the state. Arizona has 11.
And then, to determine how much the weight of each voter counts, WalletHub divides that by the total population 18 and older.
Mix that all up, move the decimal point right by six places, and you end up with a "voter power score'' of 207.05.
Polls in Iowa also show a close race, as do those from Alaska. But Iowa has just seven electoral votes; Alaska has three.
So who's at the bottom? California, with 55 electoral votes, lots of residents who can go to the polls—and with virtually no chance Trump will take the state. It scored 0.37, followed by predictably Democratic Maryland, the District of Columbia, New York and Massachusetts.