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President Obama / Associated Press

President Obama told backers that Democrats do great in blue states like New York - it's the red states where they need more numbers.

At a fundraiser in New York City on Wednesday night, Obama told a story about a woman in Brooklyn who asked what more she could do to help the president.

"And I said - 'move to North Dakota,'" Obama joked.

As the crowd laughed, Obama explained that "If I could just get about a million excess votes in Brooklyn out to Nebraska (or) Wyoming, we'd be doing okay - I don't need 80% of the vote here."

As the Democrats struggle to retain control of the Senate in the November elections, Obama cited these "structural disadvantages" as well as a more frequent lament: Poor turnout by Democrats in non-presidential election years.

"Our voters are younger - they're more likely to be minority (and) unmarried women," Obama said. "They're folks who can get galvanized and excited during presidential elections, but we have a tougher time communicating with them during midterms. And that's what we have to break. We have to break that cycle."



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