Why Today Was a Good Day for Barack Obama

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Sept. 21 2012 4:56 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.

46 days to go:

Today’s Good News for Obama: My morning and early afternoon were absorbed in the Obama campaign bubble, as the president dropped into Woodbridge, Va.—literally, in a helicopter and everything. (It did land before he got out.) Doors opened at 8 a.m., for the people with coveted red passes. The stands of a baseball diamond—which sat 6,000—were full by 10:30 or so, two hours before the president was to arrive. When Obama spoke, his volume was challenged by a woman named Kim McAlister, who cheered and atta-boyed literally everything the president said, occasionally alternating into cries of “I love you Barack!” But what struck me was just how many non-white voters were packed into the venue. Woodbridge is a largely non-white city, in an exurban county that Democrats carry when they win the state. Republicans have tried to convince these voters that Obama failed them. If they don’t buy it, and they volunteer and vote again, Obama wins this state and closes off one of Romney’s paths.

See Barack Obama’s good news from Day 47, Day 48, Day 49, and Day 50.

See today’s good news for Mitt Romney.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.