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May 7th, 2014
06:16 PM ET

Disaster politics: How Obama's Arkansas visit could hurt Democrats

(CNN) – Some Republican grassroots still think when Gov. Chris Christie embraced President Barack Obama after Superstorm Sandy, it was the hug that sank a presidential campaign.

Political watchers saw a rising GOP star giving an unspoken nod of approval to a Democratic President.

Now, Republicans hope another presidential trip in the wake of a natural disaster – devastating tornadoes – can sink a top Democrat's re-election hopes.

Vulnerable Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor has done everything he can to distance himself from the White House, even running ads touting his push-back against the President's efforts to tighten gun laws.

But Obama just made his first ever presidential visit to the state, at Pryor's behest.

CNN chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash on how the visit could hurt the Arkansas incumbent.

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