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Will Pres. Obama's Slip In Approval Affect Florida Dem Races, Including Charlie Crist's?

President Barack Obama and then-Governor Charlie Crist embrace in 2009.

A new poll shows President Barack Obama’s approval rating among Florida voters has fallen to 40-percent. So, will that could reflect poorly on other Democratic races in Florida, including Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist?

University of South Florida Political Scientist Susan MacManus says President Obama’s slip in approval will mean the GOP will seize the opportunity to draw a link between Obama and Charlie Crist, especially since there are several pictures of them together.

“Of course, Republicans are trying to remind him consistently that the President is not so popular right now, and maybe that friendship is not so great for him politically,” said MacManus.

Still, she says it’s a long time until Election Day, so anything can happen.

“For awhile there, it had to be very anti-Republican for shutting down the government and then quickly, it turned to anti-Democrat because of the focus on the Affordable Care Act website that didn’t work. So, we’ve seen how quickly the issue and subjects can change, which makes it very difficult in November 2013 what’s going to happen in November 2014. A year is a lifetime in politics,” she added.

Despite that, MacManus says President Obama’s dip in approval will concern Democratic candidates, particularly in competitive races, because the public will likely judge state races based on what they see in Washington D.C.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.