Nicole Gaudiano USA TODAY Published 6:38 PM EDT Oct 1, 2018 WASHINGTON – Former President Barack Obama on Monday announced endorsements of another 260 Democratic candidates in November midterm elections, bringing his total number of endorsements this year to about 350. Obama is focusing on close races for governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House and state legislatures in which he believes his support will make a meaningful difference. He said the candidates "make up a movement of citizens who are younger, more diverse, more female than ever before." Included in this wave of endorsements is a host of candidates who are breaking boundaries. Among them: • Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who is running a competitive race against GOP Rep. Martha McSally to become Arizona's first woman elected to the U.S. Senate. • Jahana Hayes, who is likely to be Connecticut's first black woman – along with the state's first black Democrat – elected to … [Read more...] about Barack Obama endorses 260 additional Democratic candidates
Ayanna Pressley, a Boston city councilor who claimed an historic victory over incumbent Michael Capuano in Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District last month, is among a handful of state Democrats to secure former President Barack Obama's backing Monday. Obama, who recently stepped up his efforts to help Democrats win in the November election, announced his support for Pressley and five other Massachusetts candidates as he released his second wave of mid-term endorsements. Ayanna Pressley reflects on 'surreal' moment after upset victory over US Rep. Michael Capuano In addition to endorsing Pressley, who will face no opponents in the November contest, the former president also announced his support for gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez and lieutenant governor hopeful Quentin Palfrey. He further endorsed Massachusetts state Senate candidates Julian Cyr and Katie McBrine, as well as state House hopeful Tram Nguyen. The latest … [Read more...] about Former President Barack Obama endorses Ayanna Pressley, other Massachusetts Democrats
Former President Barack Obama during a 2012 campaign rally in West Palm Beach. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post) President Barack Obama today endorsed Democrats Andrew Gillum for governor, Sen. Bill Nelson for a fourth Senate term and Lauren Baer for a Palm Beach-Treasure Coast U.S. House seat as part of a nationwide list of endorsements. Check out the latest Inside Florida Politics podcast here… Obama endorsed a total of 19 Florida candidates in competitive races from state House to Congress to the high-profile contests for Senate and governor. From Barack Obama’s latest round of endorsements. Noticeably absent from Obama’s list: Donna Shalala, the former Health and Human Services secretary and University of Miami president who’s running for the open Miami congressional seat of retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Ros-Lehtinen’s district voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and has been regarded as a top Democratic pickup opportunity, … [Read more...] about Barack Obama’s Florida endorsements: Who made the cut, who didn’t?
Former President Barack Obama has issued his second wave of midterm endorsements to another 260 Democrats -- and many of them are to candidates in New England. In August, Obama endorsed 81 Democrats running for governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House, and state legislature. Black Female Democrats Call for Changes in Party Among the candidates Obama publically supported on Monday are Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez, who is opposing Republican incumbent Charlie Baker. He also endorsed Massachusetts congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley, who defeated longtime U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano in a stunning primary upset that's garnered national attention. Other notable backings in New Hampshire include gubernatorial candidate Molly Kelly, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster and congressional hopeful Chris Pappas. Gubernatorial Candidate Gonzalez Unveils $1B Education Plan Obama tweeted the list of endorsements saying the candidates deserved the public's votes. Today, … [Read more...] about Former President Barack Obama Endorses New England Candidates
View Comments The recommendation came as part of the former president's second round of midterm picks. Former U.S. President Barack Obama has endorsed Brown as she runs for her final term as governor of Oregon. She faces Republican challenger Knute Buehler and Independent candidate Patrick Starnes. "I'm honored to receive @BarackObama official endorsement today," Brown wrote on Twitter. "I've never stopped fighting for Oregonians -- to protect healthcare and support Oregon schools, and I won't stop now." The 44th President of the United States released a list of more than 100 endorsements on Monday, Oct. 1. Brown was the only Oregon candidate to get the nod. "Today, I'm proud to endorse even more Democratic candidates who aren't just running against something, but for something—to expand opportunity for all of us and to restore dignity, honor, and compassion to public service. They deserve your vote," Obama wrote on Twitter. National political analysts and several polls … [Read more...] about Barack Obama endorses Kate Brown for Oregon governor