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Ratings Change: 7 States Shift Toward Clinton in Electoral College
Democrat projected to win 332 electoral votes — she needs 270 to win

Donald Trump appears to be drowning in the wake of the conventions.

McConnell Says GOP Chances of Keeping Senate 'Very Dicey'
Senate majority leader reaffirms Trump endorsement

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell talks with Republican Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming, left, Roy Blunt of Missouri, second from right, and John Thune of South Dakota. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Mitch McConnell said Thursday that his party's chance of maintaining control of the Senate in 2016 are "very dicey" and he could not be sure of his status as the majority leader next year.

McConnell did not specifically mention Republican nominee Donald Trump's drag on down-ballot races at the meeting with a Louisville-area civic group in his home state, according to The Associated Press, but he chided Trump's campaign tactics and said he hopes Trump "settles down and follows the script."

Polls: Clinton Pulling Ahead in Battleground States
Democratic advantage seen in Senate races, too

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign has pulled some of its advertising in Colorado, showing that it believes it has a good chance of winning the battleground state. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Clinton was leading over Trump by an average of 8 points in polls compiled by Real Clear Politics in early July. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet was polling an average of 12 points  ahead of Republican Darryl Glenn. Bennet was once considered vulnerable and offered Republicans a rare chance to flip a Senate seat. The Republican challenge, though, has been hampered by allegations of voter signature fraud and resignations of top party officials.  

The numbers show similar spikes for Clinton and down-ballot Democrats in other states.  

Obama in 2016: Shaping Message, Raising Cash

Obama campaigned in Michigan in 2014 for Mark Schauer, left, who ran for governor, and Gary Peters, right, who won his Senate race. (Saul Loeb, AFP/Getty Images File Photo)

The White House and parts of the Democratic campaign machine envision President Barack Obama playing the role of chief messenger and fundraiser in the 2016 elections, and even as a campaigner in states and districts where his presence is requested.  

A year out from Election Day, Obama is eyeing a legislative agenda that could help Democratic candidates hone their message to voters and which jumps off from the success of a recently inked budget and debt-limit deal.