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Both Obamas Aid Illinois Dems

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    NEWSLETTERS

    The First Family is jumping headfirst back into Illinois politics this week just as early voting opens.

    President Barack Obama cut a radio ad that doubles as a robocall  for struggling governor Pat Quinn.

    “On Election Day, I’ve voting for my friend, Pat Quinn, and I hope you’ll join me. We can’t afford to stay home - because the best thing you can do for me in the White House is to vote to keep Pat Quinn Governor,” the ad says.

    With just over three weeks until Election Day, Obama has been ramping up his involvement in races across the nation. He visited Chicago last week to help raise cash for Alexi Giannoulias, He spent Sunday in Philadelphia stumping for Joe Sestak and gubernatorial candidate Dan Onorato. Monday he heads to Miami to campaign for Rep. Ron Klein.

    But it’s not just the president who’s lending a hand to Democratic candidates. His wife is on the trail, too.

    Michelle Obama is scheduled to attend fundraisers for Giannoulias Debbie Halvorson, Dan Seals, and Bill Foster Wednesday. It’s all part of a eight city swing for Mrs. Obama.

    The First Lady is more popular than her husband and could give a boost to struggling candidates here.

    Her message to voters: “Don’t Stay Home.”

    Mrs. Obama outlined her campaign call to action during a 12-minute conference call with young voters organized by the Democratic National Committee. She is expected to engergize to key voter groups in African Americans and young people.