Republican Senate Candidate Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin is down in the polls. In just one month his Democratic challenger Tammy Baldwin turned a nine-point deficit into a nine-point lead.
Thompson gave one explanation to CNN's Madison, Wisconsin affiliate WKOW.
"The Presidential thing is bound to have an impact on every election. Whether you're a Democrat or Republican. If you're a standard-bearer for the Presidency is not doing well, its gonna reflect on the down ballot," said Thompson.
Is he right to blame Romney?
Former New Hampshire governor and Romney campaign surrogate John Sununu is OutFront.
Romney seeks advantage from controversial comments
Fighting criticism of his controversial remarks on government dependency, Republican challenger Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he would better help poor and middle class Americans than President Barack Obama.
Romney and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan also sought to reshape the campaign narrative less than seven weeks before the November vote by accusing Obama of favoring wealth redistribution - code for socialism among conservatives - based on a 1998 video of the president as a state Senate candidate in Illinois.
America does not work by government making people dependent on government, Romney told a fundraising event in Atlanta, adding "that will kill the American entrepreneurship that's lifted our economy over the years.