By JOSH LEDERMAN and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is visiting Massachusetts on Wednesday to rally voters ahead of a special Senate election, as he presses ahead on a pledge to work harder to elect Democrats in his second term.
The trip also creates opportunities for Republicans eager to link Democrat Ed Markey to the Obama administration's recent troubles.
A string of high-profile controversies involving the Internal Revenue Service and government intelligence-gathering raises questions about whether Obama will be more asset or liability for his party in the coming election season. Control of Congress and the president's second-term agenda are at stake.
Even in Democrat-friendly Massachusetts, there are signs of declines in Obama's popularity, as Republicans seize on the White House's struggles in the special election to replace John Kerry and in campaigns nationwide.
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