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 BennetDemocrats protest Trump's immigration policy from Senate floor On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Senators hammers Ross on Trump tariffs | EU levies tariffs on US goods | Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending Senators hammer Ross over Trump tariffs MORE (Colo.), Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerThe ‘bang for the buck’ theory fueling Trump’s infrastructure plan Kamala Harris endorses Gavin Newsom for California governor Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response MORE (Calif.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Defense: Defense spending bill amendments target hot-button issues | Space Force already facing hurdles | Senators voice 'deep' concerns at using military lawyers on immigration cases Senators 'deeply troubled' military lawyers being used for immigration cases Senate moving ahead with border bill, despite Trump 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.”