Why Today Was a Good Day for Barack Obama

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Oct. 10 2012 3:14 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.

27 days to go:

Today’s Good News for Obama: Citizens United may be best remembered for allowing corporate cash to flow unencumbered into this year’s election, but it has also enabled unions to wade into the race to an unprecedented degree. In Ohio, a slew of unions (including the AFL-CIO) is flexing newfound spending rights in an attempt to tip the race toward Obama, and it seems to be working. Even as Romney’s debate bounce refuses to recede nationally, Ohio has remained stubbornly Democratic, due in part to its unions’ aggressive canvassing and advertising. Last year, Ohio unions were integral to the defeat of the Republican legislature’s union-crushing collective bargaining law; this year they may be the key to Obama’s second term.

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

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