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article imageOp-Ed: President Obama can feel it: Democrats will hold Senate

By John Presta     Nov 4, 2014 in Politics
Washington - Vice President Joe Biden started it again, predicting Democrats will retain control of the U.S. Senate. "We're gonna keep the Senate," Biden told CNN. He “doesn’t agree with the oddsmakers” who are betting on a Republican wave flipping the Senate.
President Barack Obama agrees with Biden. Just like with same-sex marriage, Biden led the charge and the White House followed suit, including President Obama.
“We’re gonna keep the Senate,” Biden said in a CNN interview broadcast today. “I’ve been in 67 races all told, and I don’t get the feeling that the oddsmakers are getting.”
Later in the day, White House press secretary Josh Earnest was asked the same question if Obama agreed with Vice President Biden. "He does," said Earnest and added confidence was rooted in the idea voters would hone in on whether they would "be supportive of a candidate who is fighting for policies that benefit middle-class families."
"So that is a very strong argument for Democrats to effectively make in the context of this campaign," Earnest said. "They’re are also backed by a tried-and-true ground campaign strategy that, in the context of a very close race, can provide a 2-3-point margin that could eventually make up the difference."
There is basis for the argument that Democrats can retain control of the U.S. Senate. Most Democratic Senatorial candidates in close races now appear to be surging. Prima facie evidence of this is the Democrat Bruce Braley versus Republican Joni Ersnt in Iowa.
The final Quinnipiac poll before Election Day shows U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley surging in the final days, having closed a big deficit to a dead heat. Braley closed the gap with Republican State Sen. Joni Ernst, leaving the Iowa U.S. Senate race a 47 – 47 percent dead heat, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Four percent remain undecided.
In other election news, President Obama taped a radio ad for North Carolina Democrat Senator Kay Hagan.
He is asking voters to “stand with” him in supporting the incumbent, who has tried to distance herself from the president for months.
“North Carolina, we need to send a message this election. If you want to make a difference, here is your chance: Vote for Democrats and Sen. Kay Hagan on Nov. 4. You know Kay Hagan has been tirelessly creating job opportunities here at home and supporting a higher minimum wage,” Obama says in the ad. “But Republicans have been cutting investments in education while protecting tax breaks for the wealthy, so let’s send them a message by voting for someone who shares our priorities. Voting is easy, so stand with me, President Obama, and take responsibility in moving North Carolina forward by voting for Kay Hagan on Nov. 4. A Senator you can count on.”
Hagan's opponent cried foul, saying that she was running away from Obama throughout the campaign and is now embracing him. The ad was targeted toward turning out the African-American vote, which in North Carolina's tight race will make a big difference.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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