Obama tries to rally troops to turn out again in election

By Liz Sidoti, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Desperate to curtail expected midterm losses this fall, President Obama pleaded with supporters of his 2008 campaign Monday to help elect Democrats as his aides intensified their focus on re-energizing his broad coalition of backers.

“I need your help once more,” the president said in an online video sent to millions of his supporters. “If you help us make sure that first-time voters in 2008 make their voices heard again in November, then together we will deliver on the promise of change and hope and prosperity for generations to come.”

The video announcement of what Democrats are calling “Vote 2010” is part of a multi-pronged effort by the Democratic National Committee to re-engage the legions of backers — including first-time voters, young people, blacks, Hispanics and independents — who propelled Mr. Obama to victory in his groundbreaking campaign.

That won’t be easy: Polls show GOP base voters have more enthusiasm entering the campaign season.

Democrats face a tough political environment, partly because of the economic recession and continued joblessness. Republicans need to win 40 seats in the House and 10 in the Senate to reclaim control of Capitol Hill, and many forecasters say they have an outside chance of doing so.

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