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Barack Obama Hits Campaign Trail to Rally Black Voters in Virginia, New Jersey [Photo Credit: White House/Pete Souza]
Former President Barack Obama hits the campaign trail on  Thursday to rally black voters behind candidates for governor in Virginia and New Jersey for elections three weeks away.

The New York Times reports, “Mr. Obama’s appearances on behalf of Virginia’s lieutenant governor, Ralph S. Northam, in Richmond and the financier Philip D. Murphy in Newark — two white candidates in predominantly black cities — come as Democrats struggle to inspire African-Americans to vote this year. While Mr. Murphy appears comfortably in the lead in New Jersey, the race in Virginia is close.“

The upcoming elections in December, in addition to a special election in Alabama in which the Democrat is statistically tied with the Republican candidate, are a preview of what the 2018 midterm elections which could mean see the Democrats regain control of the House.