2018 midterm elections

Obama hits campaign trail, urges voters to use their voice in November

Obama grips a podium and looks worried.
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Former President Barack Obama hit the campaign trail Monday with Democratic Senate candidate Jacky Rosen to urge Nevadans to vote this November and fight the Republicans' stronghold.

Why it matters: Obama has stepped back into the limelight recently to help boost Democratic turnout for the midterms, particularly by campaigning for candidates in tight races. Getting voters out to the polls is more crucial than ever, given recent polls show Republicans have narrowed the enthusiasm gap.

Support for marijuana legalization reaches all-time high

Man rolling marijuana joint
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66% of Americans are now in favor of legalizing marijuana, marking the third consecutive year that support has increased and hit an all-time high, according to a new Gallup poll.

Why it matters: Michigan and North Dakota will vote on election day whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use, while Utah and Missouri will consider legalization for medical purposes. Support remains strongest among Democrats (75%), though a majority of Republicans (53%) now support legalization in some form as well.