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Obama Cuts First Senate Ad For Chris Murphy In Connecticut Senate Race

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President Barack Obama appeared in his first -- and likely last in this election cycle -- ad for a U.S. Senate candidate, showing support for Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).

"I know Chris Murphy. Chris has a real record of job creation here in Connecticut, and a jobs plan that puts the middle class first," said Obama. "And I know Chris Murphy will always stand up to those who would turn back the clock on women's health."

"I know the stakes are high, and I need Chris Murphy as a partner in the United States Senate. Connecticut, I hope you'll support him."

Murphy has been edging Republican Linda McMahon in recent polls, but is underperforming relative to Obama in the deeply Democratic state.

McMahon has tried to make her own play for Obama voters, airing an ad showing people who planned to vote for both her and the president. That spot angered Republicans, who flooded the state party with angry calls.

"I do not recall ever asking my supporters to support a Democrat presidential candidate ... even when the odds were against George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 in Connecticut," wrote former Rep. Rob Simmons (R-Conn.)

The former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO has spent $42.6 million thus far, nearly as much as the $50 million of her own money spent during her unsuccessful Senate bid in 2010.

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