Why Today Was a Good Day for Mitt Romney

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Sept. 18 2012 3:24 PM

A Ray of Hope

Why today was a good day for Mitt Romney.

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Mitt Romney smiles as he speaks with aides aboard his plane on Monday as he heads to Salt Lake City to attend a fundraising event.

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Every day until the election, Slate will offer up one reason to be optimistic for your candidate.

David Weigel David Weigel

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

It’s been a bruising 24 hours for Mitt Romney. But here is something for GOP supporters to hold onto.

49 Days to go:

Today’s Good News for Romney: Conservatives are in the don’t-trust-polls phase of the election, challenging the math behind any numbers that look bad for Mitt Romney. But they are occasionally right. According to the New York Times analysis of the most recent CBS/NYT poll, “independent voters, who supported Mr. Obama by eight percentage points in 2008, are now breaking for Mr. Romney by six percentage points.” Those independents are exactly the people Romney said he needed to win in his hidden-camera remarks. He’s wrong about their motivations, but not about their numbers.

See Mitt Romney’s good news from Day 50.