Obama to campaign for Democrats in battleground states before midterms
Former President Barack Obama is making a series of appearances in key battleground states ahead of the midterm elections. He’s trying to prevent what has been a historic trend – the President’s party losing seats during the midterms. In 2010, after Democrats lost 63 seats in the House during his first midterm. Obama described it as a shellacking.
Obama says: “It’s critical to get out the vote for Democrats up and down the ballot. The power to protect reproductive rights and codify Roe is in our hands. We just have to use it.”
While President Biden’s approval rating is at 40% according to the most recent Gallup poll, Democrats believe the former President is quite popular with both Democrats and independents.
So here’s a look at the stops he’s making around the country.
It begins in Georgia where are key races for Governor and the Senate.
Obama will appear with candidate for Governor Stacy Abrams who trails incumbent Governor Brian Kemp. This is a rematch.
He will also take the stage with Senator Raphael Warnock who is running against football legend Herschel Walker.
He will be in Michigan and Wisconsin Saturday.
In Michigan he’s supporting Governor Gretchen Whitmer who is running for reelection against Republican Tudor Dixon.
In Wisconsin he’ll be campaigning for Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes who is trying to oust Incumbent Republican Senator Ron Johnson.
Next week he’ll be in Nevada where there is an important race for Senate. Incumbent Democrat is being challenged by the state’s Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt.
There’s also an important race for Governor where incumbent Democrat Steve Sisolak is being challenged by Las Vegas Sheriff Joe Lombardo. These two men worked closely together to carry Las Vegas through the Mandalay Bay shooting in 2017. Now they’re opponents.
Finally will also make a stop in Pennsylvania. There’s a very tight Senate race there that polls show is neck and neck and could go either way. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is running against Dr. Mehment Oz. If Fetterman wins, this will be a flip for Democrats.
One final thing – take one last look at the Georgia Senate race. Notice how the polling changes when you factor in enthusiasm and motivation. This goes to show everything comes down to who shows up. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.