Obama returns to campaign trail with Virginia, New Jersey events


President Obama hit the campaign trail Thursday for the first time since leaving office in January, calling on voters to rally behind the Democratic nominees for governor in New Jersey and Virginia.

The appearances on behalf of Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam in Virginia and Phil Murphy, a onetime Goldman Sachs banker running in New Jersey, served as a reminder of Mr. Obama’s enduring star power in liberal-leaning states and among black voters, but Democrats said they hope his appeal will go well beyond those boundaries.

“The question for 2018 isn’t going to be how much of his time our candidates want, but how much time President Obama can afford to give,” said Jesse Ferguson, a Democratic strategist with deep ties to Virginia politics.

“He fires up Democratic voters and reminds independent voters of having someone in the White House who was actually capable of being president,” Mr. Ferguson said. – READ MORE

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