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.

Six days to go:

Today’s Good News for Obama: With the election so close, everyone is desperately attempting to divine who has the edge. In the waning days of the election, an unlikely indicator has emerged: Halloween retailers. Spirit Halloween is the largest seasonal Halloween retailer in the country and its sales have correctly predicted the winning presidential candidate since 1996. According to CNN Money, Obama masks are outselling Romney masks 60 percent to 40 percent—good news for the incumbent. Buycostumes.com also has what it calls “The Official Presidential Mask Poll 2012,” with a tally of which candidate is winning in each state. Mask sales have accurately predicted the election winner in the last three races. Again, it offers good news for Obama, whose likeness will be knocking on doors across the country tonight. (Happy Halloween!)

See Barack Obama’s earlier rays of hope.

See Mitt Romney’s earlier rays of hope.