Former President Barack Obama will travel to Atlanta and Detroit for campaign events in the final weeks of the midterm elections.
The Democratic Party of Georgia said in a statement on Saturday that Obama will campaign with Democratic candidates on October 28 unclear which Democrats the former president would stumble upon in Georgia, which is home to high-profile governor and US Senate races.
Obama will then join Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist, among other voting Democrats, in a ballot meeting on Oct. 29, Whitmer’s team said in a statement. Michigan and Georgia also have competitive US House races and critical voting contests, some of which have featured GOP nominees spreading false claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin announced Friday that Obama would also campaign with Democratic nominees in Milwaukee on October 29.
In an interview with “Pod Save America” that aired Friday night, Obama pointed to down vote races as an important test for the Democratic Party.
“One of the things I want to emphasize in this interim term is the importance of looking not just at the top of the ballot, but all the way down because there are governor races, secretaries of state, state legislative races that really matter,” he said. “It may turn out that at some point in a close presidential election, the certification of an election in a major swing state could be in question. And it becomes very important that we have people who play it fair.”
Obama won both Wisconsin and Michigan in 2008 and 2012. He didn’t win Georgia in either presidential campaign, but now President Joe Biden won the state in 2020, becoming the first Democratic presidential candidate to do so since Bill Clinton 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,” an Obama spokesperson told DailyExpertNews. This is why he has headlined four financial events for major campaign committees in recent months and will be campaigning in targeted states as part of the Democrats’ latest GOTV trajectory. He looks forward to spotting candidates up and down, especially in races and states that will impact governance in the 2024 election.”
The former president led a fundraising campaign for the National Democratic Redistricting 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.
This story has been updated with additional details.