Obama to hit campaign trail in Pa. for gubernatorial, Senate candidates

Obama to hit campaign trail in Pa. for gubernatorial, Senate candidates
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Former President Obama will stop in Philadelphia next week to campaign for Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial and Senate candidates, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party announced Friday.

The former president next Friday will stump for Gov. Tom Wolf and Sen. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyPoll: Democrats hold big leads in Pennsylvania Senate, governor races The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh, accuser say they’re prepared to testify Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again MORE, both of whom are running for reelection, as well as for down-ballot House and state legislative races in a state where Democrats have their sights set on flipping several competitive seats at the state and national level. 

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Neither Wolf nor Casey appear to be in significant danger of being ousted.

A Franklin & Marshall College poll released late last month showed Wolf holds a 17-point lead over his Republican challenger state Sen. Scott Wagner. A RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Wolf up 14.7 points. The Cook Political Report lists the race as “Likely Democrat.”

The same Franklin & Marshall College poll showed Casey with a comfortable 13-point lead over Rep. Lou BarlettaLouis (Lou) James BarlettaPoll: Democrats hold big leads in Pennsylvania Senate, governor races Obama to hit campaign trail in Pa. for gubernatorial, Senate candidates Poll: Pennsylvania Democrats surging with double-digit leads MORE. RealClearPolitics average has Casey leading by 14.3-point lead over Barletta, and The Cook Political Report lists the race as “Likely Democrat.” 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE won Pennsylvania by about 0.7 percent in 2016.

The stop in Philadelphia is the latest in Obama’s whirlwind tour to boost Democratic candidates across the country and attack President Trump and Republican policies.

The former president burst back onto the political scene earlier this month at a speech in Illinois when he issued a blistering rebuke of Trump and the direction of the Republican Party on everything from taxes to relations with Russia to Trump’s response to the neo-Nazi and white supremacist-led rally in Charlottesville in 2017.

He also went to Ohio Thursday to rally with Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rich Cordray, in which he said Republicans “put up with crazy.” 

Obama long put off returning to the political ring after leaving the White House, wary of nationalizing certain tight races and energizing a depressed GOP base for which he is a foil. However, his reemergence could help a Democratic Party that is still deeply divided and without a clear leader.