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Washington (CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama is hitting the campaign trail to headline events for at least nine Democratic candidates and two Democratic committees in the closing weeks of the midterm election.
The first lady will visit five different states starting on Oct. 13 with events in Milwaukee and Chicago for Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, Illinois Senate nominee Alex Giannoulias, Illinois Rep. Debbie Halvorson, Illinois Rep. Bill Foster, Illinois congressional candidate Dan Seals and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Obama's schedule has her wrapping up this national barnstorming tour on Oct. 27 in Los Angeles to attend events for California Sen. Barbara Boxer.
Katie McCormick Lelyveld, the first lady's spokeswoman, noted that the schedule is fluid and more stops could be added in the coming weeks.
A recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll shows that 62 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of the first lady, while only 25 percent have an unfavorable view of her. Digging deeper into that data, 58 percent of independents and 69 percent of women have a favorable opinion of Obama, making her a valuable asset on the campaign trail.
There had been some grumbling among Democrats that the first lady was not doing enough politically for Democrats.
"From the beginning, she's wanted to hit the campaign trail," said Susan Sher, the first lady's chief of staff. "It was just a matter of figuring out what would work with her schedule and what would be most useful."
See the first lady's political schedule after the jump:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Sen. Russ Feingold
Chicago, Illinois: Democratic Senate nominee Alexi Giannoulias; Rep. Debbie Halvorson, Rep. Bill Foster, Democratic congressional candidate Dan Seals and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee
Denver, Colorado: Sen. Michael Bennet
New York: Democratic National Committee Women's Leadership Forum
Seattle, Washington: Sen. Patty Murray
San Francisco, California: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Los Angeles, California: Democratic National Committee Women's Leadership Forum
Los Angeles, California: Sen. Barbara Boxer