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Obama expected to hit campaign trail for Dems in September: report

Obama expected to hit campaign trail for Dems in September: report
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Former President Obama is expected to stump for Democrats on the campaign trail starting in September, CNBC reported Thursday.

The news outlet reported that Obama will work with House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPressure builds for coronavirus relief with no clear path to deal Top GOP senator warns government funding deal unlikely this week Houston will send residents checks of up to ,200 for pandemic relief MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell: COVID-19 relief will be added to omnibus spending package Overnight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases The five biggest challenges facing President-elect Biden MORE (D-N.Y.) to provide a boost to Democratic candidates in this year’s midterm elections. 

Two sources told CNBC that the former president will hit the road in September, while another source said the timing and locations have not been determined.

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Schumer told The Washington Post earlier this month that Obama has been “very amenable” to offering assistance in the midterms. The former president has fundraised for Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillMcCaskill: 'Hypocrisy' for GOP to target Biden nominee's tweets after Trump Democrats must turn around Utah police arrest man driving 130 mph claiming he was going to kill former Missouri senator MORE (D-Mo.), and endorsed Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinCriminal justice groups offer support for Durbin amid fight for Judiciary spot Bottom line Incoming Congress looks more like America MORE (D-Calif.) in her primary race.

Democrats are seeking to regain control of the House, and hang on to a number of vulnerable Senate seats, including in races in Missouri, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia.

A RealClearPolitics average of polling data shows Democrats with a roughly 6 percentage point lead on the generic ballot. That number has dropped from earlier in the year.

Obama has largely remained out of the political spotlight since leaving office 1 1/2 years ago. He has been critical of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump MORE's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, and weighed in on the Trump administration's practice of separating migrant families at the border.