Obama takes responsibility for midterm losses
November 4th, 2010
10:00 PM ET

Obama takes responsibility for midterm losses

Washington (CNN) - Of the 21 Democratic candidates that President Barack Obama specifically campaigned for or fundraised for this year, 11 won their elections, eight lost their contests, and two are in contests still too close to call. President Obama reflected on those losses the day after the election.

“There is not only sadness about seeing them go but there’s a lot of questioning on my part in terms of could I have done something differently or done something more so that those folks would still be here,” Obama said at Wednesday’s press conference. “It’s hard. And I take responsibility for it in a lot of ways.”

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.

President Obama admitted that the incumbent members of Congress didn’t get re-elected this time around because they voted for his policies.

“There are just some terrific members of Congress who took really tough votes because they thought it was the right thing, even though they knew this could cause them political problems, and even though a lot of them came from really tough swing districts or majority-Republican districts,” he said.

The 11 candidates who won their midterm contests: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state, Senate nominee Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Senate nominee Chris Coons of Delaware, Gov. Martin O'Malley of Maryland, Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, former Governor and gubernatorial nominee John Kitzhaber of Oregon, Rep. Gary Peters of Michigan, and House nominee David Cicilline of Rhode Island.

The two who are still in contests too close to call:  former Sen. and Minnesota gubernatorial nominee Mark Dayton 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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