Barack Obama stumps for Kelly, Hobbs before midterms


Former President Barack Obama came to Phoenix on Wednesday to rally Democrats running for some of the state’s top offices. His visit came less than a week before Election Day and as polls continue to show tight races across the ballot.

A host of elected Democratic officials and Democratic candidates attended the event at Cesar Chavez High School in southwest Phoenix.

Read the day’s coverage below.

9:15 p.m.: Obama wraps up speech at Phoenix rally

Obama wrapped up his about 55-minute speech at the packed high school gym about 9 p.m. with a simple message: “Better is worth fighting for.”

The speech was filled with jabs at Republicans who adhere to Trump’s election lies, but also served to energize voters behind Democratic candidates on the ballot Nov. 8. Obama’s message, and that of candidates who spoke before him, painted the election as crucial to preserve the right to vote and abortion rights.

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