Five Democratic candidates Obama is trying to save
President Obama will make a campaign swing through the West and Midwest this week, targeting five races the Democrats desperately want to win.
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Barbara Boxer. On Friday Obama will move down the coast to Los Angeles, where he will attend events for Sen. Barbara Boxer, another endangered incumbent (see “Patty Murray”, above.) Senator Boxer has also opened a slight edge over her Republican opponent, ex-Hewlett Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina, to the point where Professor Sabato now rates this race “leans Democratic.” Big-name Democrats are piling into the state this week in an effort to bolster Boxer; besides the president, Vice President Joe Biden, ex-President Bill Clinton, and First Lady Michelle Obama are scheduled to have campaigned in California by this time next week.Skip to next paragraph
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Harry Reid. What more is there to say about the most-watched, most-combative Senate election of the cycle? Obama will swing through Las Vegas to appear for the Senate majority leader on Friday. Incumbent Sen. Harry Reid can’t open up any distance between himself and tea party favorite Sharron Angle; that does not bode well for his reelection.
Mark Dayton. After spending Friday night in Las Vegas, Obama will stop in Minnesota on Saturday before he flies home. He’s scheduled to appear at an event for ex-Sen. Mark Dayton, who is running for governor this time around. Mr. Dayton is locked in a virtual tie with Republican Tom Emmer, with an independent candidate, Tom Horner, drawing around 15 percent of the vote at the moment. The Minneapolis Star Tribune and several other big state papers have taken the unusual step of bypassing the two top candidates to endorse Horner, a former staff member for GOP Sen. David Durenberger.