Breaking tradition of past presidents, former President Barack Obama has inserted himself back into politics for the 2018 midterm election and has been campaigning hard for Democratic wins across the country. The former president has officially endorsed 341 people, from gubernatorial candidates to lower-ticket local candidates.
U.S. House Endorsements
Obama focused most of his endorsements on the House of Representatives, which Democrats are hoping to take control of. Most major polls indicate Democrats will win back the House, but only by a slight margin. Some of Obama’s most notable House endorsements include New York candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has identified herself as a Democratic socialist, and California candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar, who’s been the target of Islamaphobic attack ads.
U.S. Senate Endorsements
Obama only endorsed five Senate candidates across the United States. But his chosen candidates in Nevada, Arizona, and Florida have tough battles on Tuesday as polls show those races will be particularly close.
Democrats are hoping for significant gains in gubernatorial seats across the country. Notably, Obama supported the Democratic candidates running in Florida and Georgia, the two states that have provided the most-watched gubernatorial races this year.
The former president went beyond major offices and also supported people running for state senate, state house, state assembly, and other lower-ticket candidates. Check out Obama’s full list of endorsements here:
Today I’m proud to endorse such a wide and impressive array of Democratic candidates – leaders as diverse, patriotic, and big-hearted as the America they’re running to represent: pic.twitter.com/gWzalQhFas
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 1, 2018
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: pic.twitter.com/NO5jnhX3XD
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 1, 2018