Obama helps Sen. Barbara Boxer build war chest for reelection fight
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) of California is battling an anti-incumbent mood, tough economic times, and her image as the quintessential California liberal. President Obama is raising funds.
In her reelection six years ago, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) of California was a political powerhouse. As her political biography boasts, “Elected to a third term in 2004, she received more than 6.9 million votes, the highest total for any Senate candidate in American history.”Skip to next paragraph
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But times have changed, and now the feisty Boxer, who started her political career in super-liberal Marin County, is scrambling to win a fourth term – in “her toughest election ever,” as Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, puts it.
Nowhere is the race being watched more closely than the White House, which hopes to hold on to as many Democratic House and Senate seats as possible come November. President Obama is scheduled to headline fundraisers for Boxer Tuesday – first a reception at San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel, then dinner at the home of billionaire Gordon Getty. The goal is to raise $1.5 million.
It’s a return visit for Mr. Obama. Just last month, he was in Los Angeles for Boxer fundraisers. “November is going to be tough. Barbara is going to have a tough race,” he said at the time. “It's always a tough race if you're an incumbent in this kind of economic environment.”
No easy ride this time
Normally, Boxer might expect to have a fairly easy ride of it. She has plenty of experience and seniority, and Democrats outnumber Republicans by 44 percent to 30 percent in California. Obama won a whopping 61 percent of the vote there in 2008.
There’s the strong anti-incumbent mood in the country, which recently gave the boot to longtime senators Bob Bennett in Utah and Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania, plus the “tea party” movement’s added spice and vinegar. California is in financial meltdown, not to mention the US economy clawing its way back to recovery.