With Senate at stake, candidates clash over Obama

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Posted: Nov 03, 2014 2:54 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Candidates are making their closing arguments the day before an election that will decide the Senate majority.

Republicans have claimed new momentum in midterm campaigns that have centered on President Barack Obama, who is not on Tuesday's ballot. Democrats are fighting to distance themselves from the White House and convince voters they deserve to maintain the Senate majority for the final two years of Obama's presidency. The GOP is sounding confident that it will take Senate control.

Obama has avoided the nation's most competitive contests in recent weeks, but encouraged Democrats to reject Republican cynicism during campaign stops for Democrats in governors' races in Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

The president's low approval ratings have overshadowed an election season in which roughly 60 percent of eligible voters are expected to stay home.