Former President Barack Obama is hitting the campaign trail in support of candidates in both California and Ohio.
With Democrats facing the possibility of taking back Congress, the 2018 mid-term elections are crucial for the party and Obama is focusing on two states that are perfect targets for Democrats in November.
Before 2018, President Obama had largely avoided fully endorsing many candidates. In late 2017, he threw his full support behind Doug Jones who defeated accused pedophile Roy Moore.
President Obama has also released a long list of candidates he supports for the 2018 mid-term elections.
Obama’s first event will take place in Orange County, California, a traditionally conservative-landing part of California where Republicans are facing an uphill battle and at risk of losing several House seats.
Mr. Obama is also expected to visit with Democratic candidates from all seven of California’s Republican-held districts that Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton managed to carry in 2016.
Next Thursday, Obama will head to Cleveland, Ohio where he will campaign for former bank regulator Richard Cordray. The candidate for Ohio governor was encouraged to run by Mr. Obama and currently served as a state attorney general.
Along with House and Senate races, an Obama spokesperson says the former POTUS will also campaign “in local, down-ballot races to build the Democratic Party’s bench.”
The former POTUS will later campaign in other crucial districts throughout the United States.