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Obama to campaign in Virginia governor’s race

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017

In this photo released by Argentina's Presidency, Former United States President Barack Obama, right, talks with Argentine President Mauricio Macri while playing golf in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Obama traveled to Argentina to give a speech at a "Green Environment Summit." (HO / AP)
In this photo released by Argentina's Presidency, Former United States President Barack Obama, right, talks with Argentine President Mauricio Macri while playing golf in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Obama traveled to Argentina to give a speech at a "Green Environment Summit." (HO / AP)
By Alan Suderman Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. – Former President Barack Obama is set to return to the campaign trail for the first time since he left office with a rally to help Democrat Ralph Northam in Virginia’s closely watched race for governor.

The Northam campaign announced Wednesday that the lieutenant governor and Obama will appear together at an event in Richmond on Oct. 19.

Virginia is one of only two states electing new governors this year and the swing state’s contest is viewed as a possible early referendum on President Donald Trump.

Trump recently endorsed Republican Ed Gillespie in a tweet, but has otherwise not been directly involved in the race. Vice President Mike Pence is set to campaign with Gillespie on Saturday, while Obama’s vice president, Joe Biden, will campaign with Northam the same day.

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