November 3rd, 2010
02:28 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama batting .500 in midterms

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Washington (CNN) - Of the 21 Democratic candidates that President Barack Obama specifically campaigned for or fundraised for this year, eight won their elections, eight lost their contests, and five are in contests still too close to call.

The eight candidates who won their midterm contests: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, Senate nominee Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Senate nominee Chris Coons of Delaware, Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland, Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Rep. Gary Peters of Michigan, and House nominee David Cicilline of Rhode Island.

The eight candidates who lost: Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio, Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias of Illinois, Senate nominee and Rep. Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania, Senate nominee Robin Carnahan of Missouri, gubernatorial nominee Tom Barrett of Wisconsin, Rep. Tom Perriello of Virginia, Rep. Ron Klein of Florida, and Rep. Mark Schauer of Michigan.

The five who are still in contests too close to call: Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington State, former Sen. and Minnesota gubernatorial nominee Mark Dayton, former Gov. and gubernatorial nominee John Kitzhaber of Oregon, and California attorney general nominee Kamala Harris.

The Senate results in Illinois and Pennsylvania and the gubernatorial outcome in Ohio may sting the most for the president. Obama made three trips to Ohio over the past three months to help out Strickland, three to Illinois for Giannoulias, who was battling to win the president's old Senate seat, and two to Pennsylvania to help out Sestak.


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Mike

    Lets not forget all of the Democratic candidates that Pres Clinton and Pres Carter campaigned for. HA HA HA ! Zero effect. None! HA HA HA HA HA

    November 3, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    Not a single Republican won anything bigger than a congressional district in California. Today I am proud to be a Californian, to you Red "DUMB" states with IQ's below average...good luck with your choices, I hope that cutting your nose to spite your face was worth it, but it doesn't matter....

    I HAVE MY CALIFORNIA BACK FROM THE RIGHT WING NUT JOBS

    ...and I hope that none of you Red states get any help from California (and other coastal Blue states) like you have been getting for the past 50 years to survive. Because without us you would be nothing but a third world Christian Taliban state with McVeigh like militias bombing abortion clinics and stoning people to death for adultery, start with David Vitter....

    November 3, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. The Other Michael in Houston

    That's okay. When your myopic republicans find out that they duped you ..........again, you will be crying the blues. You can have the house, we dont care, President Obama is still the President and although the turn out to vote was not what it was in 2008, we will all be there again in 2012 to ensure President Obama has a second term.

    November 3, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  4. Snow

    When the going gets tough, weenie obama heads off again overseas. Using 40 airplanes and a whole hotel for his closest friends which will cost the American taxpayer 200 million dollars a day. Talk about a complete waste of taxpayer money and he just got smacked. He has not learned his lesson, maybe he will in 2012 when he is sent back home.

    November 3, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. S. In California Okay, What Now?

    We STILL love you out here Mr. President and you did a whole lot better than the media whore in the wilderness.

    November 3, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If these do nothing Republicans don't come up with something other than what they have been repeating for the past 2 years, it's President Obama's fault, we will all lose they'll be working for themselves to win in 2012. They have no PLAN people, wakeup.

    November 3, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. vic nashville tn

    I felt the anti Obama heat wave you can’t see but you can feel it. It’s hurt even locals candidates Sarah Palin and tea party did a good job

    Democrats will have very good future this is lowest points they can score here after words they will start gains seats

    November 3, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. Dar

    America looks good in RED, wait until Nov 2012, the real blood bath starts.

    November 3, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. angry liberal

    Thanks Obama for giving liberals a bad name. 0.500 is greater than his approval and greater than his promise keeping rate.

    Continuing wars, assassination squads, prison camps, sinking economy, ignoring gay rights, no jobs, We could have really used that Change.

    November 3, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. stevegee

    The voters spoke loud and clear, “Obama, take your foot off the gas and turn to the Right.”

    November 3, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Let's clear this up- Republicnas did not win- the Democrats lost. Had the Democrats told America what had been accomplished during the past 22 months as it was happenig, had they reputed the lies of the Conservatives for the past two years , Had they recired every NO vote on every vote andpoint out how many of the programs they said no to, where that same ones the Republicnas said they favor- maybe this election would have been much different.
    Add to this the panic mentality of most people and we can expect no less.

    November 3, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Nick Deek

    Batting .500? Great spin job!

    November 3, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Cynthia

    Thank you, President Obama, for campaigning in Massachusetts. Our governor, lt. gov., secretary state, auditor, attorney general, treasurer all dems. Our ten congressional districts all dems. Except for Senator Brown, the Bay State is true blue.

    This is the result of an educated electorate in a state that has many colleges and universities, a health care industry, (eds and meds).

    November 3, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. michaelam

    Darth Vadik, CA-

    I feel exactly the same way! I really wish there was a way that we could STOP funding backward a$$ Red States and fund all that matters to Californians! We would not have huge deficits if we received back the money we put in the Fed coffers to pay for all the IGNORANT Red States.

    Today, I am very proud of my states and the citizens who live in it! Thank you, for keeping California BLUE and rejecting all the teabag nuttiness!

    November 3, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Lori in St Pete

    His odds are much better than dim bulb barbie!

    November 3, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |