For Senate Races, Obama's Visits Prove Mixed Blessing

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, President Barack Obama and Illinois State Treasure and US Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias wave to the crowd during the 'Moving America Forward' rally October 30, 2010. (John Gress/Getty Images/Getty)

President Obama has had a large impact on several key Senate races — for better and for worse.

In Pennsylvania's Senate race, Democrat Joe Sestak relied on Obama to rally the core group of African American voters he'll need to win the election – and it appears to be working.

But a little further south, in West Virginia, Democratic Governor Joe Manchin is facing a tough special election bid for the late Sen. Robert Byrd's seat — and has been repeatedly called a "rubber stamp" for Obama.

We speak with Tony Norman, a columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Emily Corio, a reporter with West Virginia Public Radio.


Emily Corio and Tony Norman

Produced by:

Posey Gruener

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