Why Today Was a Good Day for Barack Obama

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Sept. 19 2012 6:54 PM

A Ray of Hope

Why today was a good day for Barack Obama.

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

48 days to go:

Today’s Good News for Obama: New polls have key battleground states breaking for Obama. Last month, the president was down by five points in Colorado. In a CBS poll, he is now leading in that state by one point, 48 percent to 47 percent. In Virginia, Obama has a four-point lead over Romney and has reached the magical 50 percent mark. In Wisconsin, the one Obama state where Republicans had hoped to make inroads, Obama is now ahead by six. He had been down by two after the Paul Ryan pick. A new Fox poll shows Obama up by seven in both Ohio (49-42 percent) and Virginia (50-43 percent), and Obama up by five in Florida (49-44 percent). The president doesn’t need all of these states to win, but the fact that so many are heading in his direction makes this a very good day.

See Barack Obama’s good news from Day 49 and Day 50.

See today's good news for Mitt Romney.

John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent and author of On Her Trail. Read his series on the presidency and on risk.

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