Former President Barack Obama will make a return to campaigning just next week, in what will be his first public foray into electoral politics since he left office back in January.
Obama will be coming back to stump for Ralph Northam, the Democratic Candidate for the governor of Virginia, at a rally which will be taking place in Richmond, Va., on October 19th. The rally was announced this Wednesday. Details have revealed that Obama will be discussing the “need for the next governor to create economic opportunity for all Virginians – no matter who you are or where you’re from,” according to a press release by the Northam campaign.
Following Obama’s campaigning announcement, President Donald Trump has come forward on Twitter, endorsing the Republican candidate for the position of governor, Ed Gillespie, writing that Northam is “fighting for the violent MS-13 killer gangs & sanctuary cities.”
The most-recent polls reveal that the Gillespie is leading the race by around 7 points for, but there is still much till the end. Obama carried Virginia in 2008 and 2012, and announced that he would campaign once again for Northam this summer, but he has largely stayed out of national politics since January, despite the fact that he has done several paid speeches and some statements.
On the other hand, Gillespie’s camp isn’t worried that Obama is on the campaign trail, with spokesman David Abrams stating back in June, that “Virginians deserve to hear from candidates directly, in their own voices, about their own ideas and proposals.”