- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will participate in a campaign rally for Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, who is in a close re-election race in a state that Obama won handily in 2012.

The White House says Obama will attend the rally Oct. 15, the first public political appearance by the president in this fall election campaign. Obama has raised money for Democrats and recently attended an intimate fundraiser for Illinois’ Gov. Pat Quinn.

Malloy is in a toss-up contest with Republican Tom Foley, a former ambassador to Ireland who lost to Malloy in 2010.

Obama won Connecticut by 17 percentage points in 2012. Nationally, more Americans disapprove of Obama’s performance than approve. As a result, he is likely to stay away from campaigning in states where he lost or had close contests.

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