Every day until the election, Slate will offer up one reason to be optimistic for your candidate.
39 days to go:
But Romney has been here before. In his gubernatorial race in 2002, Romney was trailing his Democratic opponent Shannon O’Brien by 6 to 12 points in mid-October. His own polling had him 10 points behind. Romney was losing among women by 18 points. (Voters hadn’t taken a shine to his early ads that showed Mitt and Ann Romney talking about their prom.) But with four weeks to go, Romney hit O’Brien with ads attacking her for $7 billion in state pension fund losses, with images of a watchdog sleeping on the job. On Nov. 5, he became Massachusetts’ Comeback Kid and won the election by 5 percent. (And hey, golfer Jack Nicklaus still believes in him.)
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