Why Today Was a Good Day for Barack Obama

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Oct. 9 2012 1:58 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.

28 days to go:

Today’s Good News for Obama: Tonight is the voter registration deadline in 16 states. At last count, Democrats have pulled ahead in the number of registered voters in two key battleground states. In Florida, there are 500,000 more registered Democrats than registered Republicans. And in Pennsylvania, where Democrats had worried a controversial voter ID law would disenfranchise voters, there are 1 million more registered Democrats than registered Republicans. The Obama campaign’s voter registration tour also spent the day in Cincinnati to try to line up voters before Ohio’s deadline lapses in a few hours. (There is no registered count of Democrats and Republicans in Ohio because voters do not indicate party affiliation on their registration forms.) By the end of the day, Americans likely won’t break the record set in 2008, but registered Democrats could be poised to tip Obama over the top in critical swing states.

Kara Brandeisky is a Slate intern and student at Georgetown University

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