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October 15th, 2014
05:56 PM ET

How will Obama affect battle for the Senate?

(CNN) – The race for control of the U.S. Senate is coming down to the wire.

Less than three weeks from election day, two new polls out Wednesday dashing Democratic hopes.

President Obama has a 40% approval rating in a new ABC/Washington Post poll. The last time a president led his party into a midterm election with that low an approval rating? Harry Truman in 1950, when Democrats lost 28 seats.

Obama didn't fair much better in the new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, only winning the approval of 42% of likely voters.

Perhaps more significantly, the journal notes "the share of voters who see the country on the wrong track has reached the highest level ever in a midterm-election year."

The New York Times' Jonathan Martin and The Atlantic's Molly Ball join CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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