Obama makes campaign stop with Pritzker, urges crowd to vote

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Former President Barack Obama has made a campaign stop with Democratic candidate for Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker and his running mate, state Rep. Juliana Stratton.

The surprise visit to Caffe Paradiso in Urbana followed Obama’s speech Friday at the University of Illinois, where he railed against President Donald Trump and urged students to get involved in the November elections.

Pritzker is trying to unseat Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. He and Stratton joined Obama as the former president walked the cafe, chatting up students and other customers and posing for photos.

Obama told the crowd before leaving: “You guys, remember to vote. Governor, lieutenant governor, all the way down the ballot.”

Pritzker said Obama “knocked it out of the park” in his speech and made clear “what’s at risk” this fall.

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