(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia) -- What does one race and one campaign stop say about the entire 2010 midterm election season? Quite a bit, as it turns out.
President Obama heads to Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday evening to stump for embattled Democrat Tom Perriello in the state's 5th district.
Perriello is facing a tough challenge from state legislator Robert Hurt, and it's notable that this will be the first exclusive, public visit from the president on behalf of a House candidate.
Perriello is one of the few congressional Democrats who might actually want Obama by his side in a year when so many others are running away from the president and his agenda.
And it's a symbolic pat on the back for Perriello who Obama has used as a poster child for "courageous" public service in his speeches on the campaign trail.
"There have been a surprising number of folks who have been willing to stand up," Obama said at an event earlier this month, giving a shout-out to Perriello, specifically. "There have just been some folks who really stood up knowing that they might be putting their congressional careers at risk.
And that's been a pleasant surprise." The latest polls show Hurt out in front of Perriello, but the freshman lawmaker is hoping that a presidential visit will help boost his prospects in the home stretch.
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