Why Today Was a Good Day for Mitt Romney

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Oct. 12 2012 4:42 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.

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Today’s Good News for Romney: Stuck for months in a virtual tie, the race in Florida tipped toward Romney  this week as the Republican presidential candidate opened up a 7-point lead over Obama. Much of the shift is likely due to last week’s presidential debate: 5 percent of those polled claim to have switched allegiances to Romney following Obama’s lackluster performance, while 2 percent of former Obama supporters are now undecided. Capitalizing on the momentum, Republicans have also surpassed Democrats in requests for absentee ballots in Florida, although Obama still leads among in-person early voters. If the Sunshine State tilts any more to Romney, it may no longer be right to call it at swing state at all.

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

 

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