Hillary Clinton: The Lightning Rod

Some Democratic candidates worry about Clinton at the top of their ticket

Hillary Clinton wasn't on the ballot last year in western Pennsylvania, but you might not have known that from the ad that ran on local television a month before the election. The spot featured images of Clinton with Democratic congressional candidate Jason Altmire, who had served on her health-care task force when she was First Lady. It was one of more than 30 negative campaign commercials run against Democratic candidates in which Clinton played a co-starring role, according to the research firm TNS Media Intelligence. "The opposition did research in my district," says Altmire, who won in a squeaker and is...

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