WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is planning a major campaign push in seven governor’s races, where Democrats’ prospects are looking up, while largely avoiding the party’s tougher challenges in the Senate as midterm elections approach.
A White House official says Obama will spend the last full week of the campaign appearing at rallies for Democratic candidates for governor in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Maine. The closing pitch follows rallies in the next few days in Connecticut, Maryland and Illinois.READ MORE: 7 Shot, Including 5 Teenagers, In West Baltimore Friday Night
All are states Obama won twice. In nearly all, there’s a competitive gubernatorial race.READ MORE: ‘We Want To Prevent This From Happening Again’ Witnesses Describe Deadly Collision Between Fire Truck And Dirt Bike Rider In Baltimore As Advocates Call For Solutions
The only Senate candidate Obama has announced plans to campaign for is Michigan’s Gary Peters.
The focus on governor’s races marks a shift for Obama, who has been feverishly raising money for House and Senate Democrats.MORE NEWS: 'It's Ridiculous': Drivers React To Increase In Gas Prices
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