Why Today Was a Good Day for Barack Obama

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Oct. 1 2012 4:18 PM

A Ray of Hope

Why today was a good day for Barack Obama.


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

36 days to go:

Today’s Good News for Obama: With polls in Ohio and Florida now showing a clear advantage for Obama, Democrats have turned their attention to an unlikely swing state: North Carolina. Obama won the Tar Heel State in 2008, but only by a razor thin margin of 14,000 votes. Few anticipated a repeat victory—except, apparently, the DNC, which has used its 53 field offices to register 250,000 voters in the state since April 2011. Romney currently holds a slight lead, but not one big enough to keep Republicans from sinking money into a state that should be an easy victory. Even if Obama can’t repeat his 2008 performance, his competitiveness in North Carolina is forcing Romney to divert resources away from the real fight.

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

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