Obama weighs which Dems to help in key races


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is planning to steer clear of New Jersey's high-profile race for governor. But he'll probably give at least some help to the Democrat in the Virginia governor's race.

Both candidates could use Obama's help. But Democrats concede they'll probably lose to Republican Gov. Chris Christie in New Jersey, meaning an Obama visit is unlikely unless the race tightens.

That's according to a Democratic official who wasn't authorized to talk publicly about strategy and insisted on anonymity.

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe is embroiled in a scandal, but the race is highly competitive.

The White House will have to make these delicate calculations constantly next year, when the stakes are higher. Congressional elections will determine how much Obama can accomplish in his final two years.

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