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Democratic candidates running for office in 2018 are attempting to escape the long shadow that Bill and Hillary Clinton have cast over the Democratic Party for decades.

Candidates up and down the ballot are rebuffing offers of help and support from the former first couple, fearing they will be a liability rather than an asset, the New York Times reported Monday.

The article goes on to state the following:

The development is especially evident in red states like Arkansas, which the Clintons called home from 1973-1992. The state, which launched Bill Clinton’s political career and voted for him twice at the presidential level in 1992 and 1996, has moved increasingly toward the Republican column. In 2016, Hillary Clinton—who served as first lady of Arkansas from 1979-1981 and again from 1983-1992—lost the state to Trump by almost 27 points.

Paul Spencer, a progressive Democrat running in Arkansas’ second congressional district, said the couple poses a burden to candidates looking to make inroads because they represent an antiquated view of the Democratic Party.

“I see the Clintons as a liability,” Spencer said. “They simply represent the old mind-set of a Democratic Party that is going to continue to lose elections.”

None of the four candidates running in the district has reached out to the Clintons for support, their campaigns told the Times.

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