Former President Barack Obama is expected to continue actively participating in helping Democrats retake the majority, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told The Washington Post on Wednesday.
Democrats are on track to secure a narrow House majority in the 2018 midterm elections following a strong showing Tuesday in the California primaries, and Schumer thinks the party could take the Senate, too.
"When we started, in the 10 states that went for Trump where we have Democratic incumbents, about six months ago, three of them we said we're nicely ahead – doesn't mean they're foregone conclusions, but they're no longer neck-and-neck races," Schumer told the Post. "And two months ago, we knocked off another three. So, now there are only four of those left that are neck-and-neck."
"We have very strong candidates, and they're identified with their states," Schumer said. "They have strong personalities, but their personalities are not just nice and charming and all nice. They are known as, you know, people who represent their states above all."
Democrats need a net gain of 24 seats nationally to win the House, and need to hold on to 26 seats plus flip two Republican seats to take the Senate.
Obama in early May endorsed Sen. Dianne Feinstein's, D-Calif., re-election campaign, and is gearing up to headline a high-dollar fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee in Los Angeles later this month.
Schumer would not discuss specifically what he hoped Obama would do for congressional Democrats, but said he "asked him to be involved in certain ways, and he's been very amenable."
Asked whether former President Bill Clinton or 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton should be involved in helping Democrats, Schumer deflected.
"It's up to each candidate if they want them or don't want them," he said.
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