Why Today Was a Good Day for Barack Obama

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Nov. 5 2012 4:21 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.

1 day to go:

Today’s Good News for Obama: A single day before the election, Obama has the clear edge in both national and state polls. Iowa and New Hampshire—two swing states where Romney had gained ground in recent weeks—have now tipped darker blue, thanks primarily to support from women. A new poll of the Granite State shows Obama with a 5-point advantage, the same margin by which the president leads in Iowa. (A massive weekend rally in Concord with Bill Clinton probably didn’t hurt Obama’s numbers there.) Another poll gives Obama a surprising 6-point lead in Colorado, a state in which Romney once held a small but steady advantage. Even more unexpectedly, PPP gives Obama a  4-point edge in Virginia and a solid 5-point lead in Ohio, back up from a virtual tie last week. So long as Ohio stays blue, Obama only needs a handful of other swing states to reach 270 electoral votes.-

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