Former President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail to help his party to victory in the 2018 elections.
However, according to the results, many are saying he did more “harm” than good.
Back in late October, many insiders were concerned over Obama’s return to politics, as the Washington Post reported:
On Tuesday, Republicans were celebrating what they saw was a political gift from Obama in the form of sound bite perfect for an anti-Democratic attack ad. Obama told the Rev. Al Sharpton that even vulnerable Democrats trying to keep their distance from him are all “folks who vote with me. They have supported my agenda in Congress.”
Of five candidates Obama spent time campaigning for that were in tough races considered a “toss up”, only 1, Jacky Rosen in Nevada won.
Meanwhile, Obama held campaign rallies for 4 losing candidates including Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly, Richard Cordray in Ohio, Andrew Gillum in Florida, and Stacey Abrams in Georgia.
Clinton: House -54/Senate -8
Obama: House -63/Senate -6
Trump: House -26/Senate +5
Obama campaign candidates: 0/4
Trump campaign candidates: 5/10 pic.twitter.com/CsjeqEN55o
— Second City Bureaucrat (@CityBureaucrat) November 7, 2018
Former President Barack Obama broke his brief post-presidency silence to campaign for Democrats in the midterms, but all of his risky campaign bets came up short.
Obama held campaign rallies for losing candidates Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly, Democrat candidate for Governor Richard Cordray in Ohio, Democrat candidate for governor in Florida Andrew Gillum, and Democrat candidate for governor in Georgia Stacey Abrams.
The former president urged Democrats to oppose President Donald Trump, calling it the most important election in their lifetimes. Democrats successfully gained a majority in the House of Representatives but fell short in the Senate.
The former president won in safe races that he campaigned in – including Democrats in his home state of Illinois, Democrats in California, Sen. Tim Kaine in the reliably blue state of Virginia, Sen. Debbie Stabenow in Michigan, Sen. Bob Casey in Pennsylvania, and Sen. Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin.
Update: The sole bright spot for Obama at this point is that he campaigned for Jacky Rosen, the Democrat who beat incumbent Senator Dean Heller in Nevada by five points.