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Obama to campaign for Gillum, Nelson in Florida

Former President Obama will travel to Florida this week to campaign for Democratic candidates Andrew Gillum and Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonNASA, SpaceX and the private-public partnership that caused the flight of the Crew Dragon Lobbying world The most expensive congressional races of the last decade MORE.

The former president will appear with the candidates on Friday, just days ahead of the midterm elections, the Florida Democratic Party announced Monday.

Gillum, the Tallahassee mayor who is facing off against former Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisGOP tentatively decides on Jacksonville for site of convention DeSantis pushing to host Republican National Convention in Florida Florida bars and theaters to reopen starting Friday, DeSantis says MORE (R) to be the state’s next governor, said that he is “proud and humbled” to have Obama join him on the campaign trail.

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“With President Obama’s help, we’re going to bring it home for Florida this November,” Gillum said in the Florida Democrats’ release, describing Obama as a “friend and a true patriot.”

Nelson, who is defending his seat in a close race with Gov. Rick Scott (R), touted his support for Obama’s health-care reforms as president in the release.

“Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHarris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Five ways America would take a hard left under Joe Biden Valerie Jarrett: ‘Democracy depends upon having law enforcement’ MORE has been my friend since I first introduced him to Florida in 2005, when he was a rising political star,” Nelson said.

A new poll released Sunday showed Nelson and Scott tied at 46 percent support. And Gillum and DeSantis are also in a close race that has become increasingly heated. A RealClearPolitics average of recent polls shows Gillum leading by just 3.2 points.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE appeared in Florida to campaign for Nelson and Gillum last week.

And President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE will appear in the state twice before midterms to host “Make America Great Again” rallies. Trump will hold a rally Wednesday night in Fort Myers, and on Saturday at Pensacola International Airport.

Democrats probably need Nelson to hold onto his seat to have any chance of taking control of the Senate. The three-term incumbent is one of 10 Democratic senators attempting to defend their seat in a state that Trump won in 2016.

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