According to Reuters, President Barack Obama made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Sunday (October 19) with a rally to support the Democratic candidate for governor in Maryland, but early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity.
With approval levels hovering around record lows, Obama has spent most of his campaign-related efforts this year raising money for struggling Democrats, who risk losing control of the US Senate in the November 4 mid-term election.
Most candidates from his party have been wary of appearing with him during their election races because of his sagging popularity.
Not so with Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown of Maryland (D-MD), who is running for governor, and Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois (D-IL), who is running for re-election. Obama plans to appear at an event for Quinn later in the evening.
Democrats have a history of not turning up to vote in midterm elections.
COMMENT: A steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium while he spoke; a heckler interrupted his remarks.
Obama's help, or lack thereof, may not matter much to Brown, who is 11 points ahead of Republican opponent Larry Hogan, according to an average of polls by RealClearPolitics.
Quinn's race is much tighter. He is ahead of Republican opponent Bruce Rauner by 1.8 points, according to the RealClearPolitics average.