Obama set for rallies in Chicago, Gary ahead of Election Day


Former U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement on the election results at the Rose Garden of the White House November 9, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO — Former President Barack Obama will headline a rally for Illinois Democrats just two days ahead of Election Day.

Governor candidate J.B. Pritzker’s campaign says Obama will speak during the rally Sunday afternoon at the University of Illinois Chicago’s arena. Obama will be touting Pritzker’s bid to defeat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, along with backing state attorney candidate Kwame Raoul and Democratic congressional candidates.

Obama will also join Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly in Gary, Indiana on Sunday. The campaign event will take place at the Genesis Convention Center.

Obama’s visit follows President Donald Trump’s rally last weekend in Murphysboro for U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, who faces a tight re-election race in a once reliably Democratic southern Illinois district that supported Trump in 2016.

Democrats are targeting four Republican House incumbents, with Lauren Underwood and Sean Casten looking to unseat GOP Reps. Randy Hultgren and Peter Roskam from Chicago-area congressional seats.

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