The White House is focusing on New Jersey, at the expense of Virginia, in support for Democratic gubernatorial candidates.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Democratic strategists are seeking to conserve the party’s political capital and avoid close association with a candidate who might lose.
Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds currently trails Republican Bob McDonnell by about 7.3 percentage points.
While President Obama has yet to schedule any future appearances in Virginia on behalf of Deeds, he has already planned a second appearance in New Jersey for Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine.
The White House spokesperson says the president remains strongly supportive of Deeds, and that spending decisions are made by the Democratic National Committee.