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By Sarah May on
 October 11, 2022

Biden's faltering approval sparks Democrat fears in midterm swing states

As the all-important midterm elections rapidly approach, the collapse in voter approval suffered by President Joe Biden in recent weeks is doing little to bolster hopes of those in his party running races in hotly contested swing states, as Breitbart reports.

The outlet cited recent polling from Civiqs indicating that the president's average approval figure in seven states with key Senate contests remains underwater by roughly 15 points, something that is surely causing sleepless nights among Democrat elites hoping to keep control of the upper chamber.

Some of the most startling numbers for Biden and the Democrats came from states such as Arizona, Georgia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, all seen as pivotal November battlegrounds, where the president's approval currently stands at negative 18, 20, 24, and 13 points, respectively.

University of Houston political science professor Brandon Rottinghaus explained the problem for Democrats succinctly when speaking to Newsweek recently, saying, "Low presidential approval [numbers] make Biden a target in competitive races in these key states."

"Democratic candidates running will have to spend time on defense or avoiding questions about Biden and less time on their own messages," said Rottinghaus, adding, "President Biden's low approval makes it hard to persuade undecideds to vote for Democrats and makes it difficult to rally Democrats."

In seeming acknowledgment of the truth that lies within the above statements, Biden has been conspicuously absent from the campaign trail during this election cycle, as Fox News notes, instead doing his best to support Democrat candidates from the White House and as a prolific fundraiser.

Biden's low profile makes for a sharp contrast with the heavy schedule of rally appearances former President Donald Trump has been making alongside Republican candidates in some of the most contentious match-ups across the country.

Democrats themselves have been reluctant to express a desire to appear with the commander in chief on the stump, with Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) – currently embroiled in a heated race of his own – declaring evasively, "regardless of who else comes to Georgia, or doesn't come, at the end of the day the people of Georgia have a very clear choice between we and Herschel Walker. That's who's running."

Try as the current crop of Democrat candidates might to downplay the fact of the matter, the massive drag Biden continues to be on the party's hopes of preventing a red wave on Nov. 8 is plain for all to see, and whether the powers that be on the left begin any serious course corrections ahead of 2024, only time will tell.

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