Obama to return to campaign trail to stump for Northam

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former president Barack Obama will return to the U.S. campaign fray to stump for Democrat Ralph Northam in the Virginia governor's race.

The Washington Post reports Northam spokesman David Turner said Obama agreed to campaign this week. No events have yet been planned.

Obama did not endorse a candidate in the Democratic primary between the lieutenant governor and former congressman Tom Perriello, who served in the Obama administration. While the former president has spoken publicly on policy decisions since leaving office and endorsed Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential election, he did not campaign for Democrats in congressional elections this year. He has said redistricting will be his primary cause.

Obama carried Virginia in 2008 and 2012. The Virginia governor's race is one of just two gubernatorial contests this year.

© 2017 Associated Press


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