Barack Obama slams Donald Trump era ahead of crucial US midterm elections

Lynne Sladky  AP FILE

Lynne Sladky AP FILE

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Former US President Barack Obama urged voters on Friday to vote for "decent" and "honest" politics ahead of the country's midterm elections.

Obama said the deployment was serving to 'get folks angry and ginned up, ' adding: 'There's just constant fearmongering to distract from the record'. Obama will be touting Pritzker's bid to defeat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, along with backing state attorney candidate Kwame Raoul and Democratic congressional candidates.

Trump's plans include campaigning for Senate challenger Matt Rosendale in Montana in the afternoon before returning to Florida for his second trip there in four days after spending Wednesday night in Fort Myers.

Polls forecast the democrats could be in line to win the 23 extra seats they need to win back control of the House of Representatives, while the Republicans are favourites to maintain control of the upper Senate.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a possible Democratic challenger to Trump in 2020, is scheduled to appear at a get-out-the-vote rally Saturday morning in OH, where high-profile races for Senate and governor are also on the ballot.

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He also said of the Democrat: "Andrew Gillum is not equipped to be your governor".

Trump, Knight and Vice President Mike Pence, a former IN governor, rallied supporters behind Republican Mike Braun, who is running against Donnelly IN a closely watched Senate contest. The election of Abrams, a former Georgia House minority leader, would make her the first female African-American governor in the country.

Abrams, who faces Republican Brian Kemp, Georgia's secretary of state, on Tuesday, has been the beneficiary of a string of prominent visitors, including media mogul Oprah Winfrey.

Trump covets the Senate seats held by Democrats Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, two states that the president won handily IN 2016.

'At this point it's going to be turnout, ' she said. "And you know what you do?" 'How can he mobilise those who are already registered to vote to go out and vote.

As much as anything Obama and Trump said, the pair's travel schedules underlined a common objective: turning out their parties' bases.

The final weeks of the campaign have also seen a spate of violence including the massacre of 11 people at a Pennsylvania synagogue and more than a dozen package bombs sent to prominent Trump critics. Bill Nelson, the three-time incumbent Democratic senator from Florida seeking his fourth term.

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