Obama Out West to Shore Up Voter Base

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On the campaign trail, polls show several U.S. Senate races are tightening with just 11 days before Election Day. President Barack Obama is on the West Coast trying to rally the Democrat base.

At a series of rallies in the West, the president is trying to turn out the vote for incumbent Democrats like Patty Murray, whose defeat in Washington state could help Republicans take the majority in the Senate.

New polls show Republican Carly Fiorina gaining on Democrat Barbara Boxer in California. However, Democrat Michael Bennet has closed the gap with Republican Ken Buck in Colorado.

In Pennsylvania, Republican Pat Toomey's lead over Joe Sestak is almost gone.

The two candidates squared off in a televised debate Wednesday night, and although the economy dominated the debate, they also addressed the issue of abortion.

"My views are consistent with that of the majority of the congressional delegation and the other senator from Pennsylvania," Toomey said. "I'm pro-life. And I would accept a ban on abortions with the exceptions of rape, incest and the life of the mother. I think Roe v. Wade was mistakenly determined, and I would support its repeal."

Toomey just won the endorsement of Sarah Palin and in answering the abortion question, Sestak tried to use it against him.

"Palin, Toomey, O'Donnell -- they all would like to overturn Roe v. Wade," Sestak said. "I believe that those life decisions of a family should be made within the family. I don't think the government should intervene. And I respect the precedence on the Supreme Court."

Despite gains by some Democrats, the final Associated Press poll before the election shows the public favors Republicans to handle the economy, create jobs and run the government.

That's why many analysts believe the Democrats could lose close to 50 seats in November. But that didn't stop House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., from making her own bold prediction for TV host Charlie Rose.

"I believe it will be very difficult for Republicans to take over the House of Representatives," Pelosi said. "Let me tell you right here and now that I would rather be in our position right now than theirs."

There's no survey yet on how many Democrats would agree with her.

Meanwhile, President Obama and former President Bill Clinton have been campaigning from coast to coast to help Democrats close the enthusiasm gap.

However, it turns out, some candidates would rather have Clinton stump for them than Obama.

A recent Gallup poll found voters are more likely to be swayed by Clinton's endorsements and Obama's approval rating has now dropped to its lowest point ever.

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