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Poll Finds Senate Race Affected by Obama

DES MOINES, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- A new survey of Iowa voters finds a new low approval rating for President Obama.  The Quinnipiac University found just 38% of Iowans surveyed approve of the job the President is doing.  That's three points lower than in July.
   "President Obama twice carried Iowa and it was the Iowa Caucuses which began his march to the presidency," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, "but if he were on the ballot here today, he would be toast."
   The poll also found that is having an impact on the upcoming race for Iowa's Senate seat currently held by Tom Harkin.  Harkin plans to retire in 2015.
   Congressman Bruce Braley is expected to become the Democrat's nominee for the 2014 Senate race.  Among the large number of Republicans campaigning to challenge him, U.S. Attorney Matt Whittaker comes the closes in a head to head matchup.  The Quinnipiac Poll gives Braley a three point lead over Whittaker, just ahead of the survey's margin of error.
   The biggest challenge for Congressman Braley is his support of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare.  "Iowa voters say 2-1 they want a senator who opposes Obamacare and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and by a plurality want someone opposed to stricter gun control."  Said Brown.
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