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No help from First Lady for Granite State Dems

September 22, 2010 by ShawnMillerick  
Filed under News & Politics

First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to hit the campaign trail hard in October to stump for key Democrat candidates. Between October 13th and 27th, she is scheduled to appear in Wisconsin, Illinois, New York, Washington, and California with both Senate and House candidates. Notably absent is a swing through New Hampshire, where the Democrats claim to be competitive in four races.

Mrs. Obama’s national approval rating is at over 60%, significantly higher than her husband’s, so it would follow that her presence for any candidate would be relatively non-controversial and go a long way toward firing up a sluggish Democrat base. So, why is she skipping New Hampshire and leaving Gov. John Lynch, Reps. Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter and congressional hopeful Ann Kuster in the lurch? While the First Lady obviously cannot be everywhere at once, it would seem that she would get a lot of “bang for her buck” in the Granite State, particularly as there are two female candidates, which her trip seems to favor.

The national GOP organization and major conservative groups are stepping up in support of NH Republican candidates, with recent visits from Tim Pawlenty’s team and Gov. Haley Barbour, and a TV ad up this week from Karl Rove’s American Crossroads. At a time when Democrats are clearly being forced to make tough choices about where to concentrate firepower, is the First Lady’s Granite State snub an indication that Democrat leadership has made the decision to cut their losses in New Hampshire and focus on more winnable races?

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