Former President Barack Obama will hit the campaign trail for his former vice president, Joe Biden, in the final weeks of the presidential campaign.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching a seven-figure advertising investment aimed at mobilizing Black voters — with a particular eye toward Black men — across nearly a dozen states, a strategic move by House Democrats' campaign committee to further energize the key demographic as the election season heads into its final weeks.

The advertisements — a mix of radio, print, digital and mail — are being deployed across targeted congressional districts in Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

Two voters fill out ballots during early voting at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Cleveland.
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In 2016, Black voters in Ohio were among those most targeted for digital-media misinformation. Often, the goal wasn’t so much to sway their votes as to ensure they wouldn’t vote at all.

Ohio voting advocates are concerned the same type of campaign is in play this year – but many are going on offense instead.

Joe Biden brought his campaign for the presidency to Cincinnati Monday with a message for Ohio Democrats – their votes matter; and they can help him heal the divisions he says President Donald Trump has caused in this country over the past four years.

Jim O'Bryan drops off his election ballot in the drop box at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in Cleveland.
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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose will allow counties to install more than one ballot drop box for the upcoming election – but only at the board of elections building, drawing more criticism from Democrats and voting rights groups.

Ohio State College Republicans make phone calls for the Trump campaign in September.
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Handing out flyers. Accosting fellow students in between classes. Handwritten signs and decorated tables on the oval. That’s what voter outreach on campus used to look like. 

With just a month remaining in the presidential campaign, former Vice President Joe Biden's team is launching in-person canvassing in key states.

The effort will start this weekend, the Democratic campaign said, with several hundred volunteers canvassing in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Michigan and Nevada.

The move is a reversal for the Biden campaign, which suspended face-to-face canvassing in the spring because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic and, apart from distributing mailers, stuck to that stance in the following months.

House Democrats have released a $2.2 trillion coronavirus response package as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin attempt to revive long-stalled aid negotiations.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez addresses the final night of the virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisc.
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Ohio didn’t experience the blue wave that many other states did in 2018 after President Trump won the state by eight points in 2016. Some pundits say Ohio is no longer a swing state, but the chairman of the Democratic National Committee says it's still up for grabs.

A viewer watching the Republican National Convention on Monday night could be forgiven for thinking that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were not the Democratic Party's presidential and vice presidential nominees but were leading a different ticket altogether.

"Biden, Harris and their socialist comrades will fundamentally change this nation," Trump campaign adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle warned.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., watch fireworks during the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention, Thursday, Aug. 20.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, host Steve Brown discusses how the Democratic National Convention worked without the crowds of cheering delegates. Ohio State University political scientist Paul Beck joins the show.

The second night of the Democratic National Convention began with a montage of young elected leaders — 17 of the party's "rising stars" delivering a joint keynote from across the country.

Urging his progressive supporters to back former Vice President Joe Biden in November, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders framed the presidential election as an existential — maybe even apocalyptic — moment for the United States.

DNC Live Coverage: Tuesday, Aug. 18

Aug 18, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of the Democratic National Convention. Tuesday's speakers include New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former President Bill Clinton. Live video coverage begins at 9pm ET.


The Democratic National Convention kicks off Monday – online. 

Cindy Demsey, chairwoman of the Cuyahoga Democratic Women’s Caucus and a delegate for Joe Biden, told ideastream she’s disappointed she won’t be traveling to Milwaukee for the convention but having it online was the right move.