U.S. President Barack Obama sought to recapture the magic of his 2008 campaign, holding
a large open-air rally in Ohio to help Democratic candidates in the Midwestern state.
Amid voter anger over the economy and 9.6 percent unemployment, Obama's Democrats
are fighting to avoid steep losses in the U.S. Congress and in state governors' races
in the November. 2 elections. Nationally, Democrats are at risk of losing one or
both houses of the U.S. Congress, which would make it much harder for Obama to pass
legislative priorities. Meanwhile, The prospects for the Republican Party to
win many key races on November 2, the U.S. mid-term elections, are looking good. The
return of the politically conservative party is fuelled in part by massive fund-raising
and by the Tea Party.