[Vocabulary] Does "near-sweep" mean an overwhelming victory?

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What does near-sweep mean?
Does it mean a victory that wins a lot more than the rival?

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Oh! I didn't know it has various meanings...sorry about that.:-|
I found "near sweep" in this paragraph:
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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.
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Is this enough context? I hope I'm expressing my question clear enough this time!
 

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IMO, yes to both.
 

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Note a near sweep of the battleground states, not of all of the states.
 
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