Why Today Was a Good Day for Mitt Romney

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Nov. 5 2012 4:22 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: Several crucial swing states are shoring up their support for Mitt Romney on the last day before the election, edging the Republican candidate ever closer to 270 electoral votes. In Florida, several new polls have confirmed Romney’s advantage, giving him a lead of between 2 and 5 point. The Sunshine State’s 29 electoral votes have been highly contested throughout the campaign, but Romney’s down-to-the-wire wooing of Floridians seems to have paid off. Romney has also effectively maintained his advantage in North Carolina, where the candidate leads by between 2 and 4 points. Before the first presidential debate, Obama had a fairly good chance of capturing the Tar Heel State, but in the closing month of the campaign, the Democrats have watched the state slip away. Even more promisingly for Romney, another poll this weekend placed the two presidential candidates in a tie in Pennsylvania, a must-win state for Obama. The Romney campaign has seized upon this apparent momentum, holding rallies in the Keystone State and blitzing it with advertisements. If Romney can swing the state red at the last minute, it might very well get him to the magic number.   

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

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