Obama House Hopes

May 3, 2012 - 11:57 AM
FILE - In this July 19, 2011 file photo, former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack announces she has formally joined the race for Congress, in Ames, Iowa. Republican-leaning areas in states vital to President Barack Obama's re-election prospects are drawing top-tier Democratic congressional candidates who, even if they lose, could help turn out the vote and boost Obama's chances of winning a second term. The best example of the trend is former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack, challenging GOP Rep. Steve King in Iowa's 4th Congressional District. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)