Why Today Was a Good Day for Barack Obama

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Oct. 30 2012 3:26 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.

Seven days to go:

Today’s Good News for Obama: A new poll shows that one voting bloc is far more enthusiastic than pollsters previously thought: Latinos. A full 87 percent of registered Latino voters reported that they are likely to vote. That turnout rate would top even the 2008 tally, when 84 percent of registered Latinos voted. And 8 percent—or about 1 million Latinos—have already voted. Since Latino voters favor President Obama over Mitt Romney 73 percent to 21 percent, these voters could give Obama the critical edge in Florida, Nevada, Colorado, or even Arizona.

Kara Brandeisky is a Slate intern and student at Georgetown University

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