Democrats in Congress are increasingly concerned that Barack Obama’s faltering presidential campaign could hurt their chances of re-election in November.
Party leaders have been seeking to strengthen the Democrats’ control of the Senate and House in this year’s elections, but “John McCain’s jump in the polls has stoked fears of a Republican resurgence,” the Financial Times reported.
One Democratic fundraiser said some congressional candidates are planning to distance themselves from Obama and refrain from attacking McCain.
“If people are voting for McCain, it could help Republicans all the way down the ticket, even in a year when the Democrats should be sweeping all before us,” the fundraiser told the Times.
“There is a growing sense of doom among Democrats I have spoken to.”
The latest Fox News poll showed McCain leading Obama by a margin of 45 percent to 42 percent, with McCain holding a 15 percentage point lead among independent voters.
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