Obama issues second round of midterm endorsements

NNPA Newswire Staff | 10/10/2018, 10:36 a.m.
President Barack Obama issued a second round of midterm endorsements, lending his name in support of 260 Democratic candidates for ...
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President Barack Obama issued a second round of midterm endorsements, lending his name in support of 260 Democratic candidates for governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House, and state legislature.

“The Democratic Party has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we lead with conviction, principle, and bold, new ideas. Our incredible array of candidates up and down the ticket, all across the country, make up a movement of citizens who are younger, more diverse, more female than ever before,” said President Obama. “They’re Americans who aren’t just running against something, but for something. They’re running to expand opportunity and restore the honor and compassion that should be the essence of public service. I’m proud to endorse so many of them today, and I’m eager to continue making the case for why they deserve our votes this November.”

In this round of endorsements, President Obama focused on close races in which his support would make a meaningful difference; state legislative and/or statewide races that are redistricting priorities; Obama campaign and administration alumni who have been inspired to run for office; and building a pipeline of diverse talent and elevating the next generation of leaders within the Democratic party.

President Obama is committed to using his unique standing to support Democrats up and down the ballot in 2018. Today’s endorsements build on an initial round of 81 midterm endorsements that he issued in August and several campaign appearances over the last month. President Obama has campaigned for candidates in California, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania so far and has held fundraisers this year for campaign committees, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, and individual candidates.

Alaska

Andi Story (State House, District 34)

John Lincoln (State House, District 40)

Arizona

David Garcia (Governor)

Kyrsten Sinema (U.S. Senate)

January Contreras (Attorney General)

Colorado

Dave Young (Treasurer)

Joe Neguse (U.S. House, CO-02)

Jason Crow (U.S. House, CO-06)

Jeff Bridges (State House, District 03)

Tony Exum (State House, District 17)

Marc Snyder (State House, District 18)

Lisa Cutter (State House, District 25)

Yadira Caraveo (State House, District 31)

Matt Gray (State House, District 33)

Kyle Mullica (State House, District 34)

Tom Sullivan (State House, District 37)

Barbara McLachlan (State House, District 59)

Connecticut

Ned Lamont (Governor)

Susan Bysiewicz (Lt. Governor)

Jahana Hayes (U.S. House, CT-05)

Christine Cohen (State Senate, District 12)

Mary Abrams (State Senate, District 13)

James Maroney (State Senate, District 14)

Jorge Cabrera (State Senate, District 17)

Martha Marx (State Senate, District 20)

Julie Kushner (State Senate, District 24)

Will Haskell (State Senate, District 26)

Jason Doucette (State House, District 13)

Christine Palm (State House, District 36)

Maria Horn (State House, District 64)

John-Michael Parker (State House, District 101)

Kara Rochelle (State House, District 104)

Matt Blumenthal (State House, District 147)

Florida

Andrew Gillum (Governor)

Chris King (Lt. Governor)

Bill Nelson (U.S. Senate)

Nancy Soderberg (U.S. House, FL-06)

Stephanie Murphy (U.S. House, FL-07)

Chris Hunter (U.S. House, FL-12)

Lauren Baer (U.S. House, FL-18)

Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (U.S. House, FL-26)

Kayser Enneking (State Senate, District 08)