Obama advocated 118 Democratic candidates from 17 states running for federal, state, and state legislature. He advocated 51 House of Representatives candidates, five Senate candidates, and more than 50 legislative candidates.
“The future of our country depends on these elections, and it won’t be easy. But pandemics have the ability to avoid a lot of noise and spin to remind us of what’s real and what’s important,” Obama said in a statement. “Elections are important. And we need Americans of all political backgrounds to engage in politics and public life like never before.”
After Obama remained neutral in the primaries, he was increasingly involved in the 2020 campaign. He has raised millions of dollars for Joe Biden, the suspected Democratic Party candidate for 2020, and has appeared in recent campaign videos with his former vice president. Last week, Obama called for electoral reform and pressure for voting rights, while delivering a laudatory speech for Georgian civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis.
When the Democrats tried to take control of the Senate in November, Obama advocated five Democrats to replace Republican senators in Colorado, Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He endorsed former North Carolina state senator Cal Cunningham, Maine state spokeswoman Sara Gideon, Iowa Democrat, Theresa Greenfield, former South Carolina Democratic Party leader Jaime Harrison, and former Colorado governor, John Hickenlooper.
Cunningham challenges Senator Thom Tillis, Gideon wants Senator Susan Collins, Greenfield takes on Senator Joni Ernst, Harrison challenges Senator Lindsey Graham and Hickenlooper wants Senator Cory Gardner.
Obama advocated many seated members of Congress who won their seats in the blue wave of the 201
Obama also supported state-level candidates who, according to a press release from the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, led by Obama’s former attorney general Eric Holder, have been identified as essential for the upcoming redistricting process. The upcoming census, which takes place every 10 years, will determine how many representatives each state receives in Congress and how billions of dollars in federal funds are spent.
“This fall is the last chance for voters to decide who will have a seat at the table when new cards are drawn in 2021 – cards that will be there for the next decade. As the President said, we have to hike This is how voters can elect their elected officials, not the other way around, “the press release said.
Obama supported most of the candidates in Texas, including 19 legislative candidates. Both the Texas State House and the Senate are controlled by Republicans.
The former president also supported 10 Obama administration and campaign alumni, according to the press release.
“I am proud to support this diverse and hopeful collection of thoughtful, empathetic, and highly qualified Democrats,” said Obama. “Together, these candidates will help us keep our country’s promise by working for the people, restoring fairness and opportunities to our system, and fighting for the good of all Americans – not just the leaders. They don’t just make me optimistic our party’s chances in November, but about the future of our country long after that, so if you’re in one of its districts or states, make sure you vote for it this fall, and if you can, vote early – by mail or in person. “
It is expected to issue a second round of endorsements in the fall after all states have completed their primaries, the press release said.