Obama to stump for Democrats in Philadelphia rally

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 14, 2018 10:03 AM
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Former U.S. President Barack Obama, left, delivers his speech at the 16th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

(Harrisburg) -- Former President Barack Obama's stops on the mid-term campaign trail is slated to run through Philadelphia.

The state Democratic Party said Obama will headline a September 21 rally in Philadelphia to boost the re-election campaigns of Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Casey and Democratic Governor Tom Wolf, but also other down-ballot races that Democrats are contesting.

In the Philadelphia area alone, Democrats are hoping to flip four U.S. House seats and more than a dozen state legislative seats that will be on the November 6 general election ballots.

Casey and Wolf are leading independent polls comfortably over two Republican challengers aligned with President Donald Trump.

After the rally, Obama is headlining a fundraiser for Casey and Senate Democrats in Philadelphia. Donald Trump Jr. is headlining a state Republican Party dinner that evening.

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