Barack Obama’s Risks Turn into Losses for Democrats

President Barack Obama speaks to a crowd of 16,000 people while campaigning for Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at the University of Chapel Hill on November 2, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. President Obama mentioned the Klan.
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Former President Barack Obama broke his brief post-presidency silence to campaign for Democrats in the midterms, but all of his risky campaign bets came up short.

Obama held campaign rallies for losing candidates Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly, Democrat candidate for Governor Richard Cordray in Ohio, Democrat candidate for governor in Florida Andrew Gillum, and Democrat candidate for governor in Georgia Stacey Abrams.

The former president urged Democrats to oppose President Donald Trump, calling it the most important election in their lifetimes. Democrats successfully gained a majority in the House of Representatives but fell short in the Senate.

The former president won in safe races that he campaigned in – including Democrats in his home state of Illinois, Democrats in California, Sen. Tim Kaine in the reliably blue state of Virginia, Sen. Debbie Stabenow in Michigan, Sen. Bob Casey in Pennsylvania, and Sen. Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin.

Update: The sole bright spot for Obama at this point is that he campaigned for Jacky Rosen, the Democrat who beat incumbent Senator Dean Heller in Nevada by five points.


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