Why Today Was a Good Day for Mitt Romney

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Oct. 18 2012 4:20 PM

A Ray of Hope

Why today was a good day for Mitt Romney.

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

19 days to go:

Today’s Good News for Romney: It’s conventional wisdom that Mitt Romney’s swing to the right on immigration during the GOP primaries is hurting him among Hispanic voters now. But there’s one place where that may not be the case: Florida. While Romney trails Obama by 35 percent among Hispanic voters nationally, he’s only 6 points behind in Florida. Compared to Hispanic voters nationwide, more Hispanic voters in Florida think Romney will do a better job fixing the economy, directing U.S. foreign policy, and reforming immigration policy, and more think Obama has not kept his promises to the Hispanic community. The difference could be the state’s high Cuban population, which supports Romney by a wider margin nationwide. These voters may be the ones helping Romney hang on to his solid lead in the Sunshine State.

Kara Brandeisky is a Slate intern and student at Georgetown University

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