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Obama warns party to focus on 2014, not 2016

In tis March 5, 2014, photo, President Barack Obama waves as he is followed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, right, upon his arrival on Air Force One at Logan Airport in Boston. Democrats could get walloped in the November elections. The party gets sleepy and distracted in the midterms. And its supporters simply may not show up to vote. “I hope that just because I'm not on the ballot that people aren't going to take it easy this time, because the ideas I care about and am fighting for are on the ballot,” Obama said to about 75 donors who paid $5,000 to $20,000 to hear him speak over dinner at a swanky Boston art gallery Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats could get walloped in the November elections.

That's not a hopeful prediction from Republicans. It's the dire warning of President Barack Obama as he tries to gin up enthusiasm for the midterm elections from party activists already looking toward the 2016 race to replace him.

The remainder of his presidency hangs on Democratic performance in the November contests.

His challenge is to set an agenda for a party that is not always embracing him, especially after the problems with his health care law. There are areas of the country where he can't campaign since he would only be a drag on moderate Democratic candidates.

So instead, he's trying to help Democrats by raising money and setting a national debate on economic opportunity.

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