A Ray of Hope

Why today was a good day for Barack Obama.

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

42 days to go:

Today’s Good News for Obama: Nine words: “There are 11 different ways to win without Ohio.” They were spoken by Fox News contributor and super PAC Hercules Karl Rove on Monday night, as he assured conservative viewers that Mitt Romney could become the first Republican to ever—ever—lose Ohio and win the election. Rove was just accepting reality. Most polls now have Obama’s numbers in the Buckeye State running slightly ahead of his national numbers. Why? As Alec McGillis explains, the auto bailout and the state’s growing economy have kept an outsize number of voters keen on Obama, while Mitt Romney can’t get off a “stop the war on coal” message that affects a smaller part of the electorate.

See Barack Obama’s good news from Day 43.

See today’s good news for Mitt Romney.