Former President Barack Obama (2008-2016) announced his support to around 260 Democratic candidates throughout the US, after two months ago he issued his first support, on that occasion to 80 candidates.
Former President Barack Obama today announced a new round of support for Democratic candidates running for the legislature, including Florida Gov. Andrew Gillum, or New York Congress candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, both of the most progressive wing.
The announcement, in which he expresses his support to around 260 Democrats across the country, comes two months after the former president issued his first endorsements for this election cycle, on that occasion about 80 candidates.
Obama supports Gillum, who could be the first Afro-American governor of Florida, and Ben Jealous, of that same race, who seeks to overthrow the Republican governor for Maryland, Larry Hogan, and who would also make history.
Also on the list are Arizona Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema, as well as current Senators Bill Nelson (Florida), Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin) and Tina Smith (Minnesota).
Obama also endorsed several Democrats with serious chances of snatching seats from Republicans in the House, such as Jason Crow, who seeks to defeat Colorado Republican Mike Coffman, or Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who fights against Congressman Carlos Curbelo for the district south of Florida.
In his announcement, the former president highlighted the diversity of Democratic candidates in national, state and local posts, and said he was “anxious” to continue supporting their candidacies.
“Our incredible variety of candidates, across the country, make up a movement of citizens who are younger, more diverse, with more women than ever,” Obama said.
The former president, who has maintained a relatively low political profile since leaving office last year, announced in September his return to the political arena to support the Democrats in the legislative and has already accompanied several of them by their different states.
A few weeks ago, in a powerful speech from an Illinois university, Obama lashed out harshly against the current president, Donald Trump, and insisted that precisely because of the current context, the next legislative elections in November are the most important that he has witnessed in his life.
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