Oct 15, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Obama to campaign for Dems in key states as midterms race tighten

Former U.S. President Barack Obama, speaks during a campaign rally.

Former President Obama, speaks during a campaign rally. Photo: Carlos Bernate/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former President Obama will campaign in Michigan, Wisconsin and Georgia in the final weeks of the midterm elections, an Obama spokesperson tells Axios.

Why it matters: Obama will visit three major swing states that include some of the most highly contested midterm races. The former president started entering the midterms in August.

Details: Obama will visit Atlanta on Oct. 28 to campaign for U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock, Stacey Abrams and other Democratic nominees on the ballot.

  • He will then join Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist at a rally in Detroit on Oct. 29, an Obama spokesperson said.
  • The former president will also campaign for Wisconsin Lieutenant Gov. Mandela Barnes, Attorney General Josh Kaul and Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) in Milwaukee on Oct. 29.

The big picture: Democrats are looking for Obama's visits to boost candidates and increase voter turnout for highly-contested races.

  • In Georgia, Abrams sits behind Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in the gubernatorial race, per Axios. Warnock, meanwhile, has been campaigning against Herschel Walker in a race that's made national headlines.
  • In Wisconsin, Democratic Kaul is facing a tight battle for his post.
  • Democrats can potentially flip a statehouse in Michigan this year.

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Editor's note: A reference to Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) being in a tight race has been deleted as she is not facing a close battle.

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