Across the board, Obama is going to be ahead of the Democrats’ midterm crisis

Former President Barack Obama, who remains one of the most popular figures in the Democratic Party, is ready to hit the campaign trail in the final stretch of the midterm elections.

Democrats hope to get enough voters to avoid losing control of Congress – despite major political headwinds such as high inflation.

Here’s where Obama is scheduled to appear in the next few weeks.

Atlanta with Abrams, Warnock

Obama will appear in Atlanta on Oct. 28, visiting a state that could decide which party controls the Senate and also hosts a competitive gubernatorial race.

He will rally for freshman Sen. Raphael Warnock, who is running for a full term after winning a special election last year, and Stacey Abrams, the prominent voting rights activist and former lawmaker who is again trying to unseat Republican Gov. Brain Kemp after he narrowly beat her in 2018.

Warnock is neck and neck with former soccer star Herschel Walker, though according to FiveThirtyEight he has a narrow edge in recent surveys, including those taken since Walker, a staunch anti-abortionist, denied a report that he paid for an ex-girlfriend’s abortion in 2009.

Abrams, for her part, is widely viewed as Kemp’s underdog, even as she seeks to mobilize voters.

Democrats are hoping to keep their momentum going in the Peach State after a banner year in 2020, in which President Joe Biden narrowly won the state and Warnock and Jon Ossoff ended up with a pair of Senate victories — the first such victories for Democrats there in decades.

Across the board, Obama is going to be ahead of the Democrats’ midterm crisis

Barack Obama attends the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival in Edgartown, Mass., Aug. 5, 2022.

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Detroit with Whitmer

Obama will appear in Detroit on October 29, appearing alongside Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other Democrats.

Whitmer is running for re-election against conservative commentator Tudor Dixon.

The governor, who has focused his campaign message around a mix of wallet and social issues, is widely considered the favorite and leads Dixon in FiveThirtyEight’s polling average. A win there would offer a promising sign for Democrats in a tight presidential primary state.

“The event will focus on the efforts of the race as access to abortion, voting rights and public education are at risk in Michigan,” Obama’s office said in a statement.

Milwaukee with Evers, Barnes

Obama will also appear in Milwaukee on Oct. 29 with Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers, who is running, and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who is running to unseat Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.

Attorney General Josh Kaul, Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Rep. Gwen Moore will also attend.

Wisconsin is a crucial state for Democrats this year, with Johnson as one of the most vulnerable Republican senators up for re-election.

Barnes has begun trailing Johnson closely in polls after facing an avalanche of attack ads painting him as soft on crime, while Evers is locked in a tight race with businessman Tim Michels.

Flipping Johnson’s seat would ease the path for Democrats to retain control of the Senate, where they have an outright majority, while the winner of the governor’s race could help decide key policies on issues such as abortion access and voting rights in a state where Republicans control both chambers of the state legislature .

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