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President Obama will be in Connecticut today to help raise funds for Democratic Senator Chris Dodd’s re-election campaign. As WNPR’s Diane Orson reports, Dodd is facing a tough 2010 bid against a crowded field.

Chris Dodd has been battling low approval ratings for months. And he’s been having a tough time coming out from under the political cloud, especially among Connecticut’s independent voters, says Quinnipiac University Professor Scott McLean.

"Senator Dodd’s reputation among voters, but especially the all-important independent voters is very shaky right now."

Five Republican opponents and Democrat Merrick Alpert are vying to unseat Dodd. He’s been trailing in the polls against former Congressman Rob Simmons, and in the fundraising race against millionaire Linda McMahon. But McLean says tonight’s $1000 dollar a plate dinner with President Obama will certainly help.

"Aside from that, I think having President Obama really say nice things about the work that is now facing Dodd, which is credit card fee reform in the Banking Committee - this is something that Dodd will use as part of his record."

McLean also expects the President to talk about Dodd’s work on Health Care Reform. Tonight’s event takes place at the Stamford Hilton Hotel.

For WNPR, I’m Diane Orson.