Democrats dismayed with the loss of the Senate are pointing the finger squarely at President Obama.
In race after race across the country, vulnerable Democrats were unable to shed the shadow of a deeply unpopular White House.
Voters appeared eager to punish Obama after two years defined by crisis and mismanagement, and Republicans saw consistent success by labeling their opponents as potential rubber stamps for the president.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said the president’s energy policies “absolutely” hurt Democratic chances among voters in coal country and that voters in his state had the “perception of the government attacking them, which basically is what’s happening.”
“It doesn’t make sense that we have to fight so hard against our own government and our own administration and our president to try to find a balance,” Manchin told MSNBC.
According to exit polls, two-thirds of voters believe the country is on the wrong track, and half disapprove of the president’s job performance.