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  •  Why do you expect Obama to contest a state (1+ / 0-)
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    just because of a senatorial election? When do presidents do that, while running for reelection?

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    by MichaelNY on Wed Jun 22, 2011 at 02:25:59 AM PDT

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    •  I don't know the history of these things. (2+ / 0-)
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      wishingwell, ahumbleopinion

      But I am pretty sure, or at least wouldn't be surprised, that Obama is much more focused on ground game than recent Democrats, something that is probably bound to help all Democrats. Rather than simply running ads and making a few joint appearances, he'll work on getting out the sort of voters that will be more likely to pull the lever for other Democrats.

      Besides that, I would think, given the surplus of funds he could easily haven, he'll have the ability to take some chances. There are only so many ways he could spend that money. If it looks like he and/or the Democratic senate candidate might be competitive in Tennessee (a big, big if, to be sure), then why wouldn't he spend money? I doubt his involvement there would hurt the candidate more than it would help, and while the national mood will probably determine control of the chamber more than anything, individual races can be affected by specific factors. If he's running strong but Tester or Brown or McCaskill is in trouble, perhaps winning the senate race in Tennessee could keep the body in Democratic hands.

    •  Bush visited states for GOP candidates (1+ / 0-)
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      in 2004.  Obama better do the same in 2012.  

    •  I was just about to say (1+ / 0-)
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      I have never heard of a presidential campaign contesting a state it knows it will lose just to prop up a downballot Democrat.

      Independent, Auckland Central resident, MD-05 voter, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

      by SaoMagnifico on Wed Jun 22, 2011 at 08:47:23 PM PDT

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