Obama Approval Rating Harmful for Senate Democrats?

    February 9, 2014
    Lacy Langley

Obama’s approval rating is down to 45% and while slightly higher than two months ago, these numbers seem to make hesitant his fellow Democrats that are up for re-election to the Senate, according to CNN.

The Democrats currently hold the majority in the Senate at 55 Democrats and 45 Republicans, but 21 Democratic-controlled seats are up this year as opposed to only 15 Republican seats. And many of those Democrats are a little vulnerable.

Obama attended the Senate Democrats’ issues conference at Nationals Park on Wednesday, within which he told Senate Democrats who are up for re-election that he would stay away from campaigns in states where his presence would be less than helpful.

One of those states would probably be Colorado, which is considered on the fence as a “purple” state. While Sen. Mark Udall’s seat isn’t considered that vulnerable as of now, he gave quite the sketchy answer when asked about the possibility of Obama helping with his campaign.

“We’ll see what the President’s schedule is, what my schedule is. But Coloradans are going to re-elect me based on my record, not the President’s record.”

That was a pretty far cry from the response by Alaska’s Senator Mark Begich who didn’t mince words saying, “I’m not really interested in campaigning” with Obama.

Democratic Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, both facing re-elections in blue-friendly states, just plain didn’t show up when Obama held events in their states.

Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, was not even cordial, saying Democrats should be even more quick to acknowledgethat Obama’s approval rating can hurt them:

“President Obama’s approval rating in the top twelve 2014 battleground states is 36 percent, yet the Democrats running for Senate there supported him an astounding 94 percent of the time. Their blind loyalty to the agenda of such an unpopular President is insanity in the eyes of the majority of voters in these key states.”

Ouch. Senate elections take place on November 4th.

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