THE OBAMA EF­FECT

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Former Pres­i­dent Barack Obama is a en­er­getic po­lit­i­cal cam­paigner, and has just sur­faced on the prover­bial cam­paign trail, with more ap­pear­ances in the fu­ture. Will it make a dif­fer­ence when the polls open in just over seven weeks? Uh, maybe not. “Democrats think former Pres­i­dent Obama’s pres­ence on the cam­paign trail is a boost for can­di­dates in their party, but all vot­ers aren’t as con­vinced,” notes a new Ras­mussen Re­ports sur­vey. Its re­sults: 38 per­cent of likely U.S. vot­ers say they are more likely to vote for a can­di­date for whom Mr. Obama cam­paigns, while 36 per­cent say they are less likely and a quar­ter say an Obama en­dorse­ment has “no im­pact on their vote.”

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