A Ray of Hope
Why today was a good day for Mitt Romney.
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 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.
Mark Joseph Stern is a freelance writer based in Washington, D.C. You can follow him on Twitter.