Dems Running Away from Obama ahead of Election


With one week to go before the 2014 Midterm Elections, Democratic Senate candidates are trying to stay as far away from President Barack Obama as possible.

But their Republican challengers are doing everything possible to keep that from happening.

Political observers across the spectrum agree Republicans have a good shot at winning control of the Senate next week.

With Gallup reporting Obama's approval numbers tanking around 41 percent, near the low point of his presidency, GOP candidates from Alaska to Arkansas are highlighting how often their opponents sided with the president.

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In one Minnesota debate, Republican challenger Mike McFadden repeated six times in less than an hour that Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., had voted with Obama "97 percent" of the time during his first term in office.

In Arkansas, the super PAC American Crossroads hit Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor for siding with the president 90 percent of the time in an ad featuring a schoolgirl.

She was asked to spell Pryor in a spelling bee. Her answer? "O-B-A-M-A."

"Close enough," the judges respond in the ad.

Democrats say those numbers are unfair, that even Republicans sided with the president on some of those same votes.

Democrat candidates are arguing that they oppose some of the president's policies. Others are even promising to stand up to Obama if they're elected.

In one widely reported Senate race, Kentucky Democrat challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes refused to admit during several debates if she had even voted for Obama when he ran for president.

With few congressional candidates seeking his help on the campaign trail, Obama is campaigning instead for governor candidates in liberal-leaning northern states this week because they're more shielded from direct involvement in his unpopular policies.

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