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Jacquelyn Martin, File, Associated Press
This Oct. 14, 2014, file photo shows President Barack Obama leaving the Oval Office of the White House in Washington to board the Marine One helicopter on the South Lawn. Sunday, Oct. 19, Obama is stepping onto the campaign trail. He plans to attend a Sunday afternoon rally for Anthony Brown in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Brown is Maryland’s lieutenant governor and the Democratic candidate for governor. It’s Obama’s first major campaign appearance for the 2014 midterm elections.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is shifting into campaign mode for the first time this year.

Obama plans to attend a Sunday afternoon rally for Anthony Brown in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Brown is Maryland's lieutenant governor and the Democratic candidate for governor.

It's Obama's first major campaign appearance for the 2014 midterm elections. He has attended dozens of Democratic fundraisers, but hasn't campaigned with candidates in public.

Later Sunday, the president will fly to Chicago for an event for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. The Democrat is seeking re-election in Obama's home state.

Obama's first rally of 2014 was supposed to be last Wednesday in Connecticut for Gov. Dannel Malloy. But Obama canceled that trip at the last minute to stay in Washington to focus on the Ebola crisis.