Obama batting .500 in midterms
November 3rd, 2010
05:14 PM ET

Obama batting .500 in midterms

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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