Obama leads in Virginia, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania: day 25 obama’s ray of hope

Why Today Was a Good Day for Barack Obama

Why Today Was a Good Day for Barack Obama

Who's winning, who's losing, and why.
Oct. 12 2012 4:39 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.

25 days to go:

Today’s Good News for Obama: Obama’s flat debate performance last week may have eradicated his national lead, but the president is still holding strong in three key states. In Virginia and Wisconsin—two must-wins for Romney—Obama leads by 5 and 3 points, respectively. Even if Obama fails to regain his pre-debate momentum, statewide popularity for Democratic senatorial candidate Tim Kaine could push Virginia’s 13 electoral votes into Obama’s column. Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, Obama has held firm to his lead of 8 points, a notably small decline from his 11-point high following the Democratic National Convention. The president’s Democratic base remains strong in many of the places he needs it most.

Mark Joseph Stern covers courts and the law for Slate.