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HE’S BACK: Obama to Hit the Campaign Trail in September for Democrats

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By NTK Staff | 06.28.2018 @1:15pm
HE’S BACK: Obama to Hit the Campaign Trail in September for Democrats

President Barack Obama is hitting the campaign trail in September, according to a new report from CNBC. The Democrats’ former leader will campaign on behalf of candidates, in states and districts across the country.

Rather strangely, the report indicated that Obama would be relying on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to determine when and where to campaign. For his part, Obama is considered one of the best campaigners the Democrats have had in years, making the reliance on entrenched Washington Democrats a bit odd.

Team Obama has not commented on when or where he will campaign, but groups closely associated with the president, including Organizing for Action (OFA) and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NRDC), offer a few clues:

While his team hasn’t determined where it will make its first mark, the two Obama alumni groups published a map in early June of House districts they’re looking to target, which could be a guide to where the former commander in chief will land.

The 27 districts include seven California seats that are either ranked as a toss-up or lean Republican, according to Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball. Other notables are New York’s 11th district, where Republican incumbent Dan Donovan won a primary on Tuesday and is set to take on Democrat Max Rose, who has already received the backing of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Wisconsin’s first district, a seat held by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan for over a decade, is another target.

OFA announced earlier this month its list of 27 “priority” districts on the House side.

On the Senate side, former Obama aides are actively involved with Priorities USA Action, a super PAC that is actively boosting vulnerable Democrats like Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO):

Federal Election Commission records show Indiana Senate incumbent Joe Donnelly received over $220,000 from the organization, which also spent $49,000 against his opponent Mike Braun. In Missouri, the group has so far spent up to $182,000 on behalf of Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, while spending $142,000 against her opponent Josh Hawley. Their efforts have largely been focused on creating digital ads with $1.3 million going toward their production, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Expect Obama to hit the fundraising circuit, too. In fact, the former president has already begun attending fundraisers on behalf of Democratic candidates. He’s headlining a DNC fundraiser in Los Angeles on Thursday and will do the same for the DCCC in San Francisco on Friday.

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