Washington (CNN) –The Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate is leading by double digits in Delaware, but that isn't stopping President Obama and Vice President Biden from stumping for Chris Coons on Friday.
Delaware's senatorial battle has gained national attention, and a debate between Coons and the Republican challenger Christine O'Donnell was broadcast live on CNN Wednesday night.
Some have wondered why this race matters? And why the President is devoting time and effort to a contest that isn't even close?
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the race is "very important," evidenced by "a national news network hosting...a debate on its airwaves about it."
With control of the House and Senate in the balance during the upcoming midterm elections, Gibbs said "we understand that every vote and every race is important."
It also doesn't hurt that Vice President Biden is from Delaware. "Obviously this one's sort of near and dear to the Vice President," Gibbs said.