Why Today Was a Good Day for Barack Obama

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Oct. 12 2012 4:39 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.

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

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