Former President Barack Obama will return to the campaign trail for the first time since leaving office, stumping for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam starting next week, reports the Richmond-Times Dispatch.
Northam confirmed the news on social media, tweeting “Fired up, ready to go!” and posting a link to his website where supporters can sign-up to receive tickets to the event.
The democratic nominee hinted at the prospect of a joint rally with the former President earlier this week, telling liberal voters he had “exciting news.”
“President Barack Obama said that ‘I want to tell you how important Virginia is to me. It means the world to me. It means our legacy, for me and Michelle. I’m going to do everything that I can to come to Virginia to campaign for you,’” said Northam.
Obama’s entrance into the race sets the stage for an epic showdown between Northam and former Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie, who was recently endorsed by President Trump. Vice President Pence will campaign for Gillespie this weekend, as former Vice President Joe Biden campaigns in other parts of the state.
While the exact location of Obama’s rally has yet to be announced, the event will take place in Richmond, Virginia on October 19th.