Former President Barack Obama will campaign with fellow Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the final stretch of the Virginia gubernatorial race.
“The stakes could not be higher,” McAuliffe said in announcing the news Tuesday morning on MSNBC.
McAuliffe’s race against the Republican nominee, first-time political candidate Glenn Youngkin, is narrowing according to the latest polls. His effort to win a second, non-consecutive term in office is one of only two regularly scheduled gubernatorial elections in the country this year and is being watched closely for signs of voter sentiment ahead of next’s midterm elections. anus.
The McAuliffe campaign announced that Obama will join him in Richmond on October 20. 23 to mobilize Virginians during early voting, which began weeks ago.
Obama, who rallied Democrats in the Virginia capital in 2017 before Ralph Northam beat Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, will follow other high-profile Democrats who support McAuliffe.
First lady Jill Biden will visit Virginia on Friday. Stacey Abrams, a voting rights activist, grassroots organizer and former Democratic gubernatorial candidate of Georgia, will campaign with McAuliffe in Norfolk and Northern Virginia on Sunday.
McAuliffe said on “Morning Joe” that Obama would be coming on Saturday, in a way that suggested the visit would precede the Abrams events. His campaign then had to clarify its comments.
McAuliffe was stumped by President Joe Biden in July. The president has not announced plans to return.
Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Youngkin but has not visited Virginia to support the former private equity executive.
Election day is November 2 and Tuesday is the last day to register to vote.