Barack Obama will campaign in Michigan and Georgia in the final weeks of the midterm elections



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Former President Barack Obama will travel to Atlanta and Detroit for campaign events in the final weeks of the midterm elections, an Obama spokesman told CNN. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin announced Friday that Obama will campaign with Democratic candidates on Oct. 29 in Milwaukee.

Obama’s spokesman did not specify which Democrats the former president would face in Georgia and Michigan, but both states have high-profile races, including Georgia governor and senator and Michigan governor. Both states also have competitive U.S. House races and critical down-ballot contests, some of which feature GOP candidates who have spread false allegations of fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

In an interview with “Pod Save America” ​​that aired Friday night, Obama described the down-ballot races as an important test for the Democratic Party.

“One of the things I want to emphasize in this half-letter is the importance of looking not only at the top of the ballot, but from the bottom, because there are gubernatorial races, secretary of state races, state legislative races. it will be really important,” he said. “It is possible that at some point in a closed presidential election, the certification of elections in a key state will be challenged. And it will be very important to have people who act fairly there.”

Obama won Wisconsin and Michigan in 2008 and 2012. He didn’t win Georgia in a presidential campaign, but now President Joe Biden won the state in 2020, becoming the first Democratic nominee to do so after Bill Clinton did in 1992.

“Given the high stakes of this year’s midterm elections, President Obama wants to do his part to help Democrats win next month,” the spokesman said. “That’s why he’s led four fundraising events for major campaign committees in recent months and will be campaigning in target states during the Democrats’ final GOTV stretch. He expects the candidate to go up and down at the polls, especially in races and states that will have implications for the administration of the 2024 election.”

The former president held a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee on August 31, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on September 8, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on September 28 and the Democratic National Committee on September 29.