Obama endorsements don’t seem to help Democrats
By Charles Babington, Associated Press Writer Wed May 19, 2010
WASHINGTON – The role of endorser in chief isn’t working so well for President Barack Obama.
Sen. Arlen Specter became the fourth Democrat in seven months to lose a high-profile race despite the president’s active involvement, raising doubts about Obama’s ability to help fellow Democrats in this November’s elections.
The first three candidates fell to Republicans. But Specter’s loss Tuesday to Rep. Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania’s Democratic senatorial primary cast doubts on Obama’s influence and popularity even within his own party — and in a battleground state, no less.
It's not a case of "despite" so much as a case of because.