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First Couple's visit to Ohio ripe for analysis

By Doug Published: October 18, 2010

Obama draws 35,000 in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio atFor one night, all those ugly numbers for Democrats atthe polls, the unemployment rate melted away, replaced by 35,000, the tally of Barack Obama fans who flocked to Ohio State University on Sunday night.

Obama seeks to rekindle enthusiasm of 2008 campaign

Amid voter anger over the sluggish economy and 9.6 percent unemployment, Obama's Democrats are fighting to avoid steep losses in the Congress and in state governors' races in the November 2 elections.

New York Times
Obamas Rally for Democrats in Final Push

Campaigning for the first time since the 2008 election with his wife, Michelle, the president visited Cleveland and Columbus Sunday to try to build support for Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio, one of the embattled Democratic candidates for governor, and to raise money while making the case for Democrats nationwide. The visits are part of an intensive two weeks of campaign travel leading up to the Nov. 2 elections, a sprint that started with trips to Massachusetts on Saturday and Delaware on Friday.

Washington Post
Obamas try to rekindle magic of 2008 during trip to Ohio

In double-teaming a campaign swing, the Obamas were betting that their combined star power might give an additional boost to dispirited Democrats. The "enthusiasm gap" between the two parties is a worrisome trend for Democrats facing the prospect of losing control of one or both chambers of Congress.

Ohio State Lantern (Campus newspaper)
Hoarse-voiced Obama stumps to estimated 35,000 at OSU
Crowd is biggest at an Obama rally since his election, officials say
With slide show and audio

Los Angeles Times
Obama, on the campaign trail, urges people not to be disillusioned

Mindful that some of his early supporters are feeling deflated, Obama offered a frank admission that job losses and home foreclosures had made it tough for Democrats to retain the buoyant sense of optimism touched off by his election nearly two years ago.



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