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Former President Barack Obama will begin campaigning for fellow Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, after remaining relatively silent since leaving office last year.

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Former President Barack Obama will begin campaigning for fellow Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, after remaining relatively silent since leaving office last year.

According to Politico, Obama is set to begin endorsing down-ballot candidates, making fundraiser appearances and campaigning for Democrats. He's reportedly already discussing plans with Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez and Eric Holder, his former attorney general. 

"He’s going to be out there for candidates, he’ll be out there helping us in meaningful ways, not just in fundraising,” Perez told Politico.

"The guy was a state senator in ’04 and he was president of the United States four years later," he said. "He knows something about winning elections and building a brand."

Obama, Politico reported, is also expected to activate his campaign alumni association – a 15,000-person campaign and advocacy network.

Those appearances aren't expected to begin until the fall, according to Politico. When they do, Obama is expected to take direction from the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, the former president's redistricting initiative, regarding endorsements and appearances. 

Since leaving the White House, Obama has tried to keep a relatively low profile in an effort to avoid being perceived as the leader of his party's opposition to President Trump.
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