Barack Obama on campaign trail in Miami

Posted at 1:24 PM, Nov 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-02 17:53:46-04

(CNN) -- Democrats in Florida and Georgia are trying to make history on Election Day. Four days out, they are getting a boost from someone who knows a thing or two about it.

Former President Barack Obama campaigned for Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum in Miami on Friday afternoon, at a rally also featuring incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, before heading a few hours north to Atlanta to meet up with former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams. Gillum could become Florida's first African-American governor with a victory next week. Abrams' election would make her the first ever female African-American governor in the country.

 At the typically boisterous Trump rally on Wednesday in Fort Myers, DeSantis, during his brief turn at the mic, attacked Gillum over a federal probe into public corruption in Tallahassee as a "Lock him up" chant rose from the crowd inside a keyed-up Hertz Arena. Gillum has said the FBI told him he was not a target of the probe. The President, who posted a plainly racist new midterm web ad hours before taking the stage in Florida, then described the 40-year-old Gillum as a "radical socialist" whose policies "would destroy your state."

No stranger to that line of attack, Florida Democrats believe Obama's remarks at the Ice Palace Film Studios in Miami will create an appealing partisan juxtaposition.


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