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Obama as campaigner in chief: Will his record improve?

On the road in Colorado and Nevada, Obama looks to boost embattled Democrats after similar bids failed in New Jersey, Virginia, and Massachusetts.

President Obama (r.) greets Sen. Harry Reid Friday in Las Vegas, Nev., before a speech to the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

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So far, President Obama doesn’t have the best track record in helping fellow Democrats get elected. Just ask former Gov. Jon Corzine of New Jersey or never-Gov. Creigh Deeds of Virginia, both of whom had Mr. Obama come visit for some last-ditch campaign support in November, and came up short.

Then there’s Martha Coakley, whose dreadful Massachusetts Senate campaign was likely beyond repair by the time Obama swooped in on the eve of the January special election. But he showed up anyway. Maybe he helped; she did, after all, lose by only 5 points. But a loss is a loss, and it reinforced Obama’s growing image as an ineffective surrogate.


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