Friday, August 7, 2009

State Races Seen as Tests for Obama

President Obama arrived Thursday to speak at a fund-raiser in McLean, Va., for R. Creigh Deeds, a candidate for governor

President Obama has returned to the campaign trail. He is appearing in television advertisements in New Jersey this week on behalf of Gov. Jon S. Corzine, the embattled Democrat struggling to win a second term. And he campaigned on Thursday evening alongside R. Creigh Deeds, the candidate for governor fighting to keep Virginia in the Democratic column.

The New Jersey and Virginia races for governor are the only big-ticket political contests for 2009. And fairly or not — Mr. Obama’s advisers are not alone in arguing that the significance of these races does not extend beyond the boundaries of either state — the contests are being held up as an early measure of how Mr. Obama is doing and a predictor of how Democrats might fare in next year’s Congressional campaigns.

Non-stop campaigns. People began talking about 2010 and 2012 days after January 20, 2009.

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