Obama to campaign for Gillum, Nelson in Florida

Obama to campaign for Gillum, Nelson in Florida
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Former President Obama will travel to Florida this week to campaign for Democratic candidates Andrew Gillum and Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonAl Franken says he 'absolutely' regrets resigning Democrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 Poll: Six Democrats lead Trump in Florida match-ups MORE.

The former president will appear with the candidates on Friday, just days ahead of the midterm elections, the Florida Democratic Party announced Monday.

Gillum, the Tallahassee mayor who is facing off against former Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisFlorida first lady to miss Women for Trump event due to planned execution Florida governor orders criminal investigation into handling of Jeffrey Epstein case Groups ask court to block ex-felon voting law in Florida MORE (R) to be the state’s next governor, said that he is “proud and humbled” to have Obama join him on the campaign trail.

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“With President Obama’s help, we’re going to bring it home for Florida this November,” Gillum said in the Florida Democrats’ release, describing Obama as a “friend and a true patriot.”

Nelson, who is defending his seat in a close race with Gov. Rick Scott (R), touted his support for Obama’s health-care reforms as president in the release.

Barack ObamaBarack Hussein Obama'Forever war' slogans short-circuit the scrutiny required of national security choices Which Democrat can beat Trump? Middle East scholars blame Trump for an Iran policy 40 years in the making MORE has been my friend since I first introduced him to Florida in 2005, when he was a rising political star,” Nelson said.

A new poll released Sunday showed Nelson and Scott tied at 46 percent support. And Gillum and DeSantis are also in a close race that has become increasingly heated. A RealClearPolitics average of recent polls shows Gillum leading by just 3.2 points.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTop adviser on Sanders: 'He's always been underestimated' 'The Simpsons' pokes fun at Trump's feud with 'the squad' 'Forever war' slogans short-circuit the scrutiny required of national security choices MORE appeared in Florida to campaign for Nelson and Gillum last week.

And President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE will appear in the state twice before midterms to host “Make America Great Again” rallies. Trump will hold a rally Wednesday night in Fort Myers, and on Saturday at Pensacola International Airport.

Democrats probably need Nelson to hold onto his seat to have any chance of taking control of the Senate. The three-term incumbent is one of 10 Democratic senators attempting to defend their seat in a state that Trump won in 2016.