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Obama Tempers Hopes for Senate Democrats

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US President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign rally for Tom Wolf, Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Governor, at the Liacouras Center at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty ImagesSAUL LOEB / AFP - Getty Images

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President Barack Obama tempered expectations for how Democratic Senate candidates will fare on Tuesday, calling the electoral map the most unfavorable it’s been for the party in more than 50 years.

"There's no doubt that, when you look at the Senate races, because of the fact only a third of the Senate is up at any given time, it tends to be a little bit arbitrary which seats are really going to be contested and which aren't," Obama told a Connecticut radio station. "So, for example, in this election cycle, this is probably the worst possible group of states for Democrats since [President] Dwight Eisenhower."

Vice President Joe Biden, however, was much more bullish on Election Day. He predicted on a different Connecticut radio station that Democrats are “going to end up with 52 about, in that range, Democratic votes.”

Republicans hope to take six seats to gain back control of the Senate. Most vulnerable Democrats have distanced themselves from the president, but Obama called the station in support of Democratic Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy's re-election.

-- Andrew Rafferty

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