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Obama endorses Gillum and Jealous for Nov. 6 election

Crusader staff report

Florida Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andre Gillum and Maryland Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous were among the political candidates who received endorsements from President Barack Obama in his second round of nominations for the midterm elections on November 6.

Both Gillum and Jealous are seeking to make history in becoming the first governors of their state. In his first round of endorsements earlier this year, Obama endorsed Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who’s trying to become the first Black female governor in her state.

“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.

For a complete list of Obama’s second round of endorsements, go to the www.chicagocrusader.com.

This story was supplemented by the NNPA Newswire.

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