4 states where Barack Obama can boost Hillary Clinton's campaign

What to Expect From Obama's First Campaign Appearance With Clinton

Democrats are fired up and ready to unleash President Barack Obama.

Obama will hit the campaign trail on Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina — his first joint-appearance with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton since he endorsed her earlier this month.

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With his approval rating averaging more than 50% for the first time since early 2013, Democrats say Obama will be an asset to their party in the fall. And they are planning to lean on him to help Clinton win in November and cement his presidential legacy.

Yet while Democrats say Obama's popularity will be a boon in November, they add that there are certain places he's most likely to appear as Election Day draws near.

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Hillary Clinton, First Lady of the United States, throws a thumbs-up during a presidential election victory celebration in 1992. Her husband might be doing the same for her, 24 years later.

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Here she is talking to kids at the Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, October 21, 1993.

(Photo by Sue Ogrocki / Reuters)

As First Lady, she did a lot of traveling, like to Bosnia in 1996 to meet US soldiers.

(Photo by Win McNamee / Reuters)

In 1997 she visited Goree Island, Senegal, with her daughter Chelsea. Here they are peering out from the Door of No Return, a former slave trading center, as a soldier stands guard.

(Photo by Win McNamee / Reuters)

Nelson Mandela showed Clinton and Chelsea the cell in which he was held for 27 years at the Robben's Island prison off the coast of Cape Town, March 20, 1997.

(Photo by Win McNamee / Reuters)

Here she is with Bill in the Oval Office, chatting with a bunch of kids awaiting adoption.

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Sporting similar power suits and haircuts, Hillary met with Diana, Princess of Wales, at the White House in 1997.

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No one can claim that she doesn't get her hands dirty. Here's Clinton building a home as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity in Pikeville, Kentucky, in 1997.

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She's always been an advocate for affordable health care as well as women's rights. In 1998, Clinton gave a speech at Beijing Medical University about improving health care in China, particularly folic acid deficiencies in pregnant mothers.

(Photo by Natalie Behring / Reuters)

Like any presidential nominee, she's good with babies. She found this one during a visit to a children's home in the Dominican Republic in 1998.

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Hillary kneels before the grave of US Private Celia Goldberg, who was killed in Tunisia during World War II, at the North Africa American Cemetery, outside Tunis, in 1999.

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In 2000, she announced her candidacy for New York's Senate seat.

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Later that year, Clinton held an event at the White House on preventing potential harm to children from defective products.

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She won that New York Senate seat on November 7, 2000. Definitely not a "low energy" candidate, based on this picture.

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Days after 9/11, she took a tour of the World Trade Center disaster site.

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Here Clinton is giving kids from Manhattan's Colombia Grammar and Prep school a tour of her office on Capitol Hill in 2003.

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She wrote a book titled "Living History."

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In 2003, all Clinton could do was smirk on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" as Leno shows her a tabloid newspaper article about her hooking up with an alien.

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A power woman power lunches with US troops in Bagram Airbase, north of Kabul, in 2003.

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Here she's listening to Defense Secretary nominee Robert Gates testify before the US Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in 2006.

(Photo by Jim Young / Reuters)

Hillary and Bill pay their respects to the late former President Gerald Ford in 2007.

(Photo by Jim Young / Reuters)

This is her first presidential campaign's website in 2007. It's pretty low-tech.

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Back in 2007, she was running against Obama for the Democratic Presidential nomination.

(Photo by Lisa Hornak / Reuters)

Their body language says more than a thousand words.

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She spent most of 2008 on the campaign trail.

(Photo by Chris Keane / Reuters)

She's nothing if not ecstatic.

(Photo by Bradley Bower / Reuters)

It was a close race, but she had to endorse presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama at the National Building Museum in Washington, June 7, 2008.

(Photo by Jason Reed / Reuters)

A gracious loser, she waved to delegates at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, August 26, 2008.

(Photo by Eric Thayer / Reuters)

Despite losing the nomination, her and Obama found that they had a lot in common. He later made her Secretary of State.

(Photo by Jim Young / Reuters)

Secretary of State Clinton and President Obama tour the Sultan Hassan Mosque in Cairo in 2009.

(Photo by Larry Downing / Reuters)

A North Korean soldier looks in through the window as Hillary tours the Demilitarized Zone in Panmunjom, South Korea, in 2010.

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This is the badass pic that launched a thousand memes. Hillary looks cool as a cucumber checking her phone on a military C-17 plane to Libya in 2011.

(Photo by Kevin Lamarque / Reuters)

Here she is in the Situation Room with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, in 2011. They just received news on the mission against Osama bin Laden.

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They say the second time's a charm: here is Clinton delivering her "official launch speech" at a campaign kick off rally on Roosevelt Island in New York City, June 13, 2015.

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Peek-a-boo: Hillary sizes up her audience at a campaign launch party at Carter Hill Orchard in Concord, New Hampshire, on June 15, 2015.

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Hillary takes the stage to speak during the Scott County Democratic Party's Red, White and Blue Dinner at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa, January 23, 2016.

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Bill is thrilled as his wife speaks at a campaign stop in Davenport, Iowa, in January 2016.

(Photo by Brian Snyder / Reuters)

A woman of the people, she hugged Brana Marancic, an employee of Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, in February 2016. They appear to be in a storage closet.

(Photo by Jim Young / Reuters)

It was a fierce race between Clinton and Bernie Sanders

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Here she is speaking to supporters at her New York presidential primary night rally in Manhattan, April 19, 2016.

(Photo by Mike Segar / Reuters)

She did it! Hillary is officially the Democratic presidential nominee, and the first woman in the 240-year history of the US to lead a major party's presidential ticket.

(Photo by Carlos Barria / Reuters)


Look for Obama and Clinton to hit suburban areas in swing states. While places such as Arizona and Georgia — traditionally Red states where polls show Clinton within striking distance — might not benefit from a visit from Obama.

"I think that the president can and will be an asset pretty much anywhere, but particularly with young people, particularly in swing states he's done well in, and particularly in some of the more suburban areas of these swing states," Shripal Shah, communications director for Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC working to flip the Senate back to Democratic control in November, said. "Those are the people that pretty much built his coalition in '08 and '12, and those are the people who are still persuadable. and he's the the best messenger to persuade them"

Here are the four places where Obama can help Clinton the most.

North Carolina

4 States Where Barack Obama Can Boost Hillary Clinton's Campaign
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North Carolina is a firmly purple state, thanks to a growing number of northerners moving to the Tar Heel State due to its thriving economy.

Obama won here in 2008 by less than a one-point margin, and lost four years later by two points.

In 2016, polling in the state shows Clinton and Trump in a virtual tie, with Clinton leading in the New York Times polling average by a mere 0.4%.

Democrats say Obama will be an asset to Clinton in areas such as Charlotte, where he remains immensely popular with the sizable minority populations.

Moreover, Obama can help Clinton in the Raleigh-Durham area, which is filled with younger, educated white voters that might need prodding to back Clinton after a contentious primary with Sen. Bernie Sanders.

And winning North Carolina would be a good omen for Clinton in November. If she carries the state, there's almost no path for Trump to secure the 270 Electoral College votes necessary for victory.


4 States Where Barack Obama Can Boost Hillary Clinton's Campaign
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The Sunshine State is perpetual swing territory.

Obama carried it twice — by a nearly three-point margin in 2008 and by a slim one-point margin in 2012.

Florida's growing Hispanic population makes the state fertile territory in Clinton's race against Trump, who has attacked Mexican immigrants and promised to build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Democrats say minority-heavy areas in south and central Florida are ripe for Obama to campaign in.

Populous cities such as Orlando, Miami and Tampa are where Democrats build their margins of victory in the state, and where Obama is most likely to campaign in with Clinton.

"I anticipate that he will be really helpful in central Florida, whether it's Tampa or Orlando," said Ana Cruz, former executive director of the Florida Democratic Party. "Remember, back in '08, shortly after Hillary conceded, [one of their first appearances] together was in Orlando, Florida, and it drew huge crowd because of the ... diverse demographics that central Florida has."


4 States Where Barack Obama Can Boost Hillary Clinton's Campaign
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, a rumored vice presidential contender, hugs Clinton at a rally in Ohio.
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Both Sanders and Trump have stoked working-class white voters' anger over trade agreements, which they say have led to job losses in Rust Belt states such as Ohio.

It's a message that could help Trump in Ohio — a must-win state in any of his potential paths to 270 Electoral Votes.

Democrats say Obama, who has focused in his final year on a re-negotiated Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, will likely head to the Buckeye State to defend that trade agenda and try to keep those working-class white voters in the Democratic camp.

Places where Obama will likely campaign alongside Clinton in the state to deliver that message include Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati — Democratic strongholds where Clinton will look to build her statewide margin.


4 States Where Barack Obama Can Boost Hillary Clinton's Campaign

Pennsylvania hasn't gone Republican in a presidential election since 1988.

Yet polling shows the race is neck-in-neck, with Clinton leading Trump by just 1.9 points, according to the New York Times polling average.

As in Ohio, that close margin is likely thanks to working-class white voters in western Pennsylvania, an area that was once a draw for manufacturing, but has seen jobs dry up in the past few decades.

Democrats will likely look to Philadelphia and its outlying suburbs to counteract any losses among that demographic bloc. It's an area where Obama remains popular, and where Democrats could likely dispatch him if polling stays as lose as it is.

"He remains an immensely popular president in a number of different areas of this state," said Pennsylvania-based Democratic strategist Michael Bronstein, mentioning Philadelphia and its suburbs as places where Obama remains particularly popular. "And as a campaigner, he is an asset for Secretary Clinton's presidential campaign, and will be treated like the rock star that he is if he comes to Pennsylvania."

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