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    Her husband, George Wallace, persistently lied to the press about her condition, claiming in April 1968 that "she has won the fight" against cancer. He continued to make campaign stops nationwide during her last weeks of life, but her doctors warned him she was in unstable condition on May 5, the day he was to leave for a Michigan sweep. At her request, he cancelled a television appearance May 6, when she was too ill to be moved back to the hospital. Lurleen Wallace died in Houston, Texas, at 12:34 a.m. May 7, 1968, with her husband beside her and the rest of her family, including her parents, just outside her room.


    What does sweep mean in the context? Thank you.

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    Re: sweep

    This is how I see the word sweep in the passage leave for Michigan sweep.

    Could mean

    area (terrain) on which Michigan is positioned.
    It could be curved (but not with steep parts, canyons) area that is covered by buildings, streets, etc
    area which the town lies on
    sweep ~ small hills, rivers, lakes.. that's how I imagine the type of the area

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    Re: sweep

    I think that when we're talking about a political campaign, a "sweep" is when the candidate goes to that city or state, and covers the whole area, perhaps in a very short time. It might be something that they do towards the end of a campaign, especially if the candidate thinks that they're not doing very well in that area. It's an opportunity for them to try just one more time to reach out to the voters and try to win more votes.

    We use "to sweep" to mean a lot of things.

    The bad weather will sweep across the country = The bad weather will travel across the whole country.

    If you imagine "to sweep" in its usual sense - what you do with a broom - then you may find it easier to understand it.

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