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What does near-sweep mean?
Does it mean a victory that wins a lot more than the rival?
I found "near sweep" in this paragraph:
In defeating Mitt Romney, the president carried Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia and Wisconsin, a near sweep of the battleground states, and was holding a narrow advantage in Florida. The path to victory for Mr. Romney narrowed as the night wore along, with Mr. Obama winning at least 303 electoral votes.
Is this enough context? I hope I'm expressing my question clear enough this time!
A near sweep is not quite a clean sweep.
IMO, yes to both.
Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.
Note a near sweep of the battleground states, not of all of the states.