Michelle Obama hits the campaign trail

embarks on a carefully orchestrated series of political events this week on behalf of Democrats.

Starting Wednesday, the first lady will visit Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, California, Washington, New York and Connecticut over the next two weeks, stumping along the way for Democratic Sens. Russ Feingold (Wis.), Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetGOP eying 'blue slip' break to help Trump fill the courts NFL star claims he was victim of 'abusive conduct' by Las Vegas police Gardner throws support behind DREAM Act MORE (Colo.), Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerTrump riles Dems with pick for powerful EPA job Pelosi's chief of staff stepping down Time is now to address infrastructure needs MORE (Calif.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Senate passes 0B defense bill MORE (N.Y.).

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For Democrats, there is almost no potential downside to her numerous appearances, said Myra Gutin, a professor at Rider University and an expert on the role of the first lady. 

A recent poll by the AP puts the first lady’s favorability ratings at 68 percent — well above President Obama’s. 

“She’s a noncombatant in the war that is politics,” Gutin told ITK. “I imagine the state [Democratic Party] chairmen were clamoring, ‘Send her!’ to help with some of their tough races.” 

Gutin said voters should expect to see Mrs. Obama keep the president first and foremost in her speeches, and steer clear of attacking GOP opponents. 

“I would think she’d also do well to mention her ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative on the stump, too, because childhood nutrition is a really bipartisan issue.” 

The first lady will be in New York on Monday night for a star-studded fundraiser on Broadway hosted by actress Sarah Jessica Parker and featuring a performance by Patti LaBelle. “Oh, wow,” Gutin laughed, “I bet she sells out the theater for that show.”