Is Michelle Obama Still 'The Closer' Democrats Need on the Trail?

Michelle Obama is hitting the campaign trail for Democrats and transforming the role of first lady.

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C) participates in a discussion during the Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders July 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. The fellowship was an initiative President Obama announced in 2013 as part of the Young African Leaders Initiative, which was launched in 2010 to support a new generation of African leaders as they work to the growth and prosperity of the continent.

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Michelle Obama's hitting the campaign trail this week to charge up the Democratic base for midterm elections that will determine control of the Senate -- and the comfort zone at the White House during their last two years of residence. Yet even though she earned the title of "the closer" during the 2007-2008 campaign because of her ability to rally the party base, doing that as first lady is trickier business.

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