President Joe Biden will avoid some of the battlefield states that helped make him president, instead focusing on strengthening Democratic territories ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections.
The president is battling low approval ratings and voter frustration at the economy where the price of living has risen while inflation has risen.
That has made some Democratic candidates shy to appear with him.
With the election less than a week away, the White House is considering where best to deploy the president in the battle to keep Democrats in control of Congress.
But where he doesn’t go is just as remarkable as where he goes.
Of the 14 states with some of the most competitive senate and governor races, based on ratings from the Cook Political Report, Biden has attended six since Sept. 1, according to a report. Wall Street Journal Analysis.
Biden hasn’t been to Arizona, Nevada or Georgia—three states that helped land the White House—and isn’t expected to.
He also makes no additional stops in Wisconsin or Michigan — two other states that helped him run for president.
President Joe Biden will avoid several of the battlefield states that helped him become president – such as Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, Michigan and Wisconsin
However, Barack Obama was in Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin this weekend to support the party’s candidates there. The former president will meet for Democrats in Arizona and Nevada this week.
By contrast, President Biden has had a remarkably light campaign schedule, even as the White House claims he is traveling and raising money for the party.
Most of those trips have been to solid blue states, where the president is struggling for campaign money and supporting Democrats in districts he wore in 2020.
Looking at Barack Obama’s schedule for October 2010, before his first by-election, then-President Made 22 campaign-related trips.
By comparison, Biden took eight campaign-related trips in October 2022, according to an analysis of presidential trips by DailyMail.com.
The president organizes some road events, but they are limited.
Biden will be in Florida on Tuesday, a competitive state he lost to Donald Trump two years ago. He will campaign for governor candidate Charlie Crist and Senate candidate Val Demings.
On Saturday, he and Obama will campaign in Philadelphia for governor Josh Shapiro and Senate candidate Jon Fetterman.
Biden will deliver his closing speech at a rally in Maryland on Monday. The state is a traditional stronghold for Democrats.
Meanwhile, Obama will be in Nevada on Tuesday for Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, who faces a tough reelection campaign.
The former president will Arizona on Wednesday to try to support Democratic governor candidate Katie Hobbs and Democratic Senator Mark Kelly, who is running for reelection.
With the Senate currently sitting at 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans, any Senate race can flip the check. Republicans are predicted to win the House.
If the GOP takes control of just one chamber, they could hinder Biden’s legislative agenda for the next two years.
Barack Obama will be in Arizona and Nevada this week; he was in Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin over the weekend – above he is with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Saturday
Democrats are spending a lot of money in blue districts that Biden wore in 2020 as they try to fight a red wave.
Republicans are hammering Biden heavily on the economy. And they target Democrats in general on crime.
Traditionally, the president’s party loses seats in midterm elections.
In 2010, during Obama’s first term, Republicans won 63 seats in the House to gain control of the chamber. This year they need a net gain of five seats to push the Democrats out of power.