Oct 25, 2009

Obama hangover found in state and local elections

The LA Times reports that the Democratic Party is encountering 'Obama hangover' in state, local elections.

Obama is on the campaign trail on behalf of Democrats, but the electricity of 2008 is tough to recapture.

He is presiding over two wars, a sour economy and an epic fight to rework the nation's healthcare system.

Now tack on a trio of state and local political races. With an off-year election fast approaching, Obama is stepping up his commitment to Democratic candidates in hopes that an infusion of campaign charisma might pump up turnout.

What the party is finding, though, is that the electricity of 2008 is tough to recapture.

Some Democratic candidates running for local office around the country call the phenomenon the "Obama hangover." It is proving tougher to recruit volunteers and get people to vote.