Why Today Was a Good Day for Barack Obama

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Oct. 5 2012 3:44 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.

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Today’s Good News for Obama: Obama may be hoping the new jobs numbers overshadow his debate disaster, but at least one demographic has his back this November. A new poll suggests Obama has solidified his overwhelming popularity among Hispanics in swing states, leading Mitt Romney by a 30-point margin among Florida Hispanics and a jaw-dropping 60 percent in Nevada. As one of the fastest growing demographics in the country, Hispanics hold increasing electoral clout, particularly in battleground states. Obama has consistently courted their support by promoting the DREAM Act and issuing an executive order allowing many undocumented students to remain in the United States. Now Hispanics look poised to return the favor.

Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers science, the law, and LGBTQ issues.