Democrats have become increasingly desperate as the midterms draw closer with high-profile assets like former President Barack Obama being deployed in the hopes of staving of a red wave.
Tightening polls have Democrats scrambling to boost turnout among their lukewarm base, even in deep blue New England.
Obama is set to campaign in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Nevada, where polls show Republican candidates multiply in the races for the Senate and the office of governor.
The former President will embark on the campaign trail in Keystone State with President Biden on behalf of Democrat John Fetterman, who lost his lead to Republican Mehmet Oz in the race for an open Senate seat.
Oz made gains amid questions on Fetterman’s health after his near-fatal stroke earlier this year and his debate in which his speech and mental clarity were laid bare.
“Right now he’s blocking and attacking,” Pennsylvania Democratic strategist Mike Mikus said.
“Democrats need to do everything they can to make sure Democratic voters turn themselves in,” Mikus added.
Republicans also pose a rare challenge to House and Senate candidates in New England.
As The Washington Times reported:
In New England, first lady Jill Biden has been deployed. She will campaign in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, this weekend for Democratic incumbent Senator Maggie Hassan, who is suddenly threatened by a late surge in the polls by Republican challenger Donald Bolduc. Ms. Biden will also campaign for incumbent Democratic Rep. Chris Pappas, who polls show is tied with GOP challenger Karoline Leavitt.
Democratic Party operatives are seeing their chances dwindle in key races and are rolling out new messaging in a belated effort to sound tough on crime, which has become a top concern among voters.
Shield PAC, a political action committee that supports moderate Democrats, this week launched a new ad defending Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria, who is tied against Republican State Senator Jen Kiggins in a district in the area of Hampton Roads in Virginia. The advert promotes Ms Luria’s support for law enforcement and ‘leadership in fighting crime.
Moderate House Democrats have also warned party leaders that the far-left support for defunding police is damaging their chances of retaining seats in swing districts.
As GOP is poised to regain a majority, even Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears concerned.
Pelosi sent a message to Democrats on the campaign trail, calling them to “convey the importance of underscoring Democrats’ unwavering commitment to public safety.”
In the memo, Pelosi highlighted the massive COVID-19 relief package and last year’s government spending bill, including money for law enforcement.
But the Democrat’s optics surrounding soaring crime in cities is still a huge problem.
“Much of this increase in crime that we are seeing is happening in suburban areas, and it was voters who gave Democrats back the House and Senate, and Biden the presidency,” Jessica Taylor, an analyst for the report Cook’s nonpartisan policy, said.
“You moved to the suburbs to feel safer, and if crime increases or follows you, you might re-evaluate some things,” she added.
As The Daily Fetched reported on Thursday, National organizations and donors have abandoned their Democrat candidates in Florida, a sign that they no longer view the state as competitive – a signal of an impending Republican landslide.
Florida was once a swing state but now has a Republican stronghold, making it almost impossible for Democrats to steal the votes.