The president has been welcomed on the campaign trail this fall, in part because he remains popular within his own party.
Republicans have reacted to the state’s leftward drift by stocking the 2022 ballot with conspiracy theorists and extremists.
Republicans are in turmoil in a key battleground state.
Even party stalwarts acknowledge the GOP likely won’t be winning top-of-the-ticket statewide races for the foreseeable future.
The former vice president occupies a precarious position in the GOP’s post-Trump landscape.
Lightning-rod issues such as critical race theory and “defund the police” are a staple for Republican contenders.