When it comes to campaigning for their party's candidates, presidents usually go where they're wanted. For President Obama, that means shoring up Democratic governors in blue states in the final weeks before the November elections.
The White House on Wednesday announced seven states where Obama plans to stump this fall, and the list is long on governors and notably short on Democratic Senate and House contenders.
Yet while the party's struggle to hold onto the Senate has drawn the most attention in 2014, incumbent governors across the country—and in both parties—are equally endangered. Obama therefore plans to campaign in Connecticut with Governor Dannel Malloy, who is running nearly neck-and-neck with his Republican challenger, Tom Foley. And the president will seek to boost another vulnerable blue-state incumbent in Illinois, Pat Quinn.
Obama also will appear with Democratic gubernatorial challengers Mary Burke in Wisconsin and Tom Wolf in Pennsylvania. Burke is battling Governor Scott Walker in a tight race, while Wolf is running well ahead of Governor Tom Corbett, who could lose in a blow-out. All told the seven states where the president will appear—Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, and Maine—are ones he carried in 2012. Of those, the only Senate candidate with whom Obama plans to campaign is Gary Peters in Michigan, who is narrowly leading Republican Terri Land, according to polling averages.