Dark clouds for Dems as Obama embarks on last push

President Barack Obama plunge into a final week of midterm ballot vote campaigning Monday, his party's prognosis darkened by a delicate economy and his itinerary stitched mutually to minimize losses to resurgent Republicans.

Nor was his salutation likely to lift his spirits in Rhode Island anywhere Obama has pointedly turn down to endorse his party's contender for governor.

Obama can "take his backing and shove it," declared Democrat Frank Caprio, battling Republican-turned-independent Lincoln Chafee in a gubernatorial race rated tight in the polls. Chafee certified the president during the 2008 crusade for the White House.

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