First lady Michelle Obama will campaign in Northern Virginia next week, according to President Barack Obama’s campaign officials.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama acknowledge the crowd after speaking during a campaign rally May 5 in Richmond. (Haraz N. Ghanbari — Associated Press)

It will be the first public campaign trip for Obama without her husband this election cycle.

Obama accompanied the president to Richmond earlier this month when he kicked off his reelection campaign.

In 2008, Barack Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry Virginia in 44 years, and most recent polls show him with a slight edge over Republican Mitt Romney to win Virginia’s 13 crucial electoral votes.