bill_clinton_web_fc_1.jpgATLANTA (AP) -As former President Bill Clinton cashes in his star power for Democrats across the country, he hasn't spent much political capital on long-shot races.

But this week, Clinton headlined an Atlanta fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Mike Thurmond. The state labor commissioner is looking to unseat well-funded, well-liked GOP incumbent Johnny Isakson.

michael_thurmond_web_fc_3.jpgPolls and his own campaign coffers show Thurmond faces an uphill battle with less than two months to go until the general election. Years ago, it was Thurmond who made the unpopular choices. He helped Clinton overhaul the welfare system and, in 2008, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.

Clinton's appearance at Thursday's fundraiser could be a much-needed shot in the arm for Thurmond's campaign.


Pictured:  Above, Former President Bill Clinton, below, Mike Thurmond