CHICAGO - The White House confirmed Wednesday that President Joe Biden will stump in Illinois on Friday, ahead of Tuesday’s midterm balloting — likely in the Chicago area — and Vice President Kamala Harris hits Chicago on Sunday.
Biden will lead a get-out-the vote rally for Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the rest of the Democratic ticket with a focus on boosting suburban Chicago congressional incumbents — especially Reps. Sean Casten and Bill Foster — who are in races that may be tightening.
The White House confirmed on Wednesday that Vice President Kamala Harris visits Chicago on Sunday.
A source said White House advance personnel and members of the Secret Service already had been on the ground in Chicago preparing for a possible presidential visit. Campaigns have also had been told a Biden visit was possible, with planning Wednesday still in the works.
The vice president’s office said Harris will "deliver remarks" at an Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders event in Chicago. Another source said the stop is likely an event for the AAPI Victory Fund, a political action committee. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., an Asian American, and on the Tuesday ballot, is also scheduled to attend the event.
Harris is the first woman, first Black person and Asian American person to be vice president.
Biden, Harris stumping in blue states; Obama on swing state mission
Harris is headlining a get-out-the vote event Wednesday in Boston for the Democratic Massachusetts ticket. On Thursday, Harris will be in New York to boost turnout for New York Democrats.
Biden was in Florida on Tuesday campaigning for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist and Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., who is running for the Senate.
At a reception for Crist, Biden said of the upcoming vote: "This is a genuine inflection point in American history. How we decide the next four years is going to determine what this country looks like 40 years from now."
On Thursday, Biden travels to Albuquerque, New Mexico. And on election eve Biden goes to Columbia, Maryland, for a Democratic National Committee get-out-the-vote rally.
President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Michelle Duster, an author and the great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells, arrive for a bill signing event for the "Emmett Till Antilynching Act."(Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
In the closing days of the campaign, Biden, struggling with low approval ratings, and Harris have stumped in blue states, where they have the best potential of maximizing Democratic votes.
Former President Barack Obama has been dispatched to campaign in the crucial swing states of Georgia, Wisconsin, Nevada and Arizona with a stop in Pennsylvania on Saturday.
Suburban congressional update
Casten, from Downers Grove, is facing Republican Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau. On Wednesday the Congressional Leadership Fund — which supports Republicans — said it is making a $1.8 million ad buy in the closing days of the campaign. The Democratic House Majority PAC, according to a Wednesday Politico story, made a $650,000 ad buy to bolster Casten.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., will campaign with Pekau on Friday at a fundraiser in Oakbrook.
In the remap, Democrats designed the new 6th congressional district to be Democratic, but it does contain GOP turf and areas where Casten is campaigning in for the first time.
Foster, of Naperville, faces Republican Catalina Lauf of Woodstock in the 11th District. In October, the Republican allied Club for Growth PAC jumped in, spending $1 million to boost Lauf.