Obama will run for the Democrats in three states ahead of the November 8 high-level elections

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Former US President Barack Obama will run for Democratic Party candidates in Georgia, Michigan later this month ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections that will determine control of the US Congress and advertise Wisconsin.

Obama will seek candidates for federal and state offices and will appear in Atlanta on Oct. 28 before traveling to Detroit and Milwaukee on Oct. 29, his office said Saturday.

Republicans gain control of the US House of Representatives and possibly the US Senate as well. Several Republicans who want to disrupt the way votes are cast and counted are also running for chief election administrators in their states.

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Obama will tell voters that the Democrats are the party for protecting abortion rights, but a key theme at his appearances will also be that Democrats can be trusted more to keep the election fair, with the next Presidential election campaign scheduled for 2024.

“He looks forward to finding candidates up and down, particularly in races and states that will have ramifications for the administration of the 2024 election,” Obama’s office said in a statement.

Former President Donald Trump, a Republican, also holds campaign rallies in support of Republicans, with rallies including speeches in which he has repeatedly hinted that he could run for president again in 2024.

Trump has falsely claimed he lost the 2020 presidential campaign to cheating on Democrat Joe Biden.

Republicans who support Trump’s false claim have become their party’s candidates for top election officials in states that could play a crucial role in the 2024 election campaign.

Republicans Jim Marchant of Nevada and Mark Finchem of Arizona, for example, want to limit or eliminate early voting, absentee voting and the ballot box, claiming without evidence that they encourage fraud.

Constituent groups are concerned that the election of some far-right candidates could jeopardize the integrity of the next presidential election. There are fears that some could help Trump — if he decides to run again — or another like-minded Republican, to overturn the 2024 election results.

In an interview on his podcast released Saturday, Obama said Democrats may not have confidence that US courts will keep the election fair. That means Democrats need to hold office in hard-fought states to ensure election results are respected, he said.

“Because it could turn out that with a close presidential election at some point the certification of an election in a key swing state is called into question. And it’s going to be really important that we have people there who play it honestly.”

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Reporting by Lucia Mutikani and Jason Lange; Editing by Grant McCool

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