RealClearPolitics switched Virginia into the blue column Sunday putting the president over 300 electoral votes for the first time since October 9, shortly after the first presidential debate.
The politics clearinghouse site is the closest thing to a universally trusted source in the charged pre-election climate. It's influential poll averages projected Obama winning more than 300 electoral votes for the entire period between late January and early October (when it did not allow for toss-up states). After Obama stumbled at the Denver debate, his RCP projected total dipped as low as 277 electoral votes. A candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.
The latest batch of swing state polls listed at Taegan Goddard's Political Wire brought more good news for Democrats this morning. President Obama led in three out of four Florida polls, three out of four Virginia polls and in polls of Ohio, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. One North Carolina poll had the candidates tied at 49 percent.
Alex Halperin is news editor at Salon. You can follow him on Twitter @alexhalperin.