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Obama’s Supreme Court Win May Help Now More Than November

The most important U.S. Supreme Court decision during a president’s re-election campaign may not have fundamentally changed the dynamics of the 2012 race.

In the hours after the court upheld President Barack Obama’s health-care law, both he and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, retreated to previously stated positions: Romney vowed to repeal and replace the law, while Obama touted its attributes and warned of the consequences of repeal. They sought to frame the issue in the larger context of what’s at stake for voters and underscored the centrality of the economy in the presidential election.