Sam Youngman

Sam Youngman

Five reasons Obama is still favored for 2012

Chastened and humbled by an angry, volatile electorate, President Obama's reelection in 2012 looks like it's in serious jeopardy.

The coalition of black, Hispanic and young voters who helped him win 365 Electoral College votes in 2008 apparently disappeared for Democrats in 2010, costing the president's party its majority in the House. Polls show independents who supported the president two years ago have also turned against him, and conservative voters in the dumps after the Bush years are now energized.
 
The president's policies have proven to be fat targets for Republicans, and voters are disappointed in both the economy and the president’s response to the recession.
 
Still, despite the dark clouds over the White House, Obama must be seen as favorite to win reelection. Here are five things he has going for him the day after voters went from hope to nope.

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