Former President Obama rolled out a second round of midterm endorsements on Monday, throwing his support behind 260 Democrats in races up and down the ballot.
The announcements came two months after the former president issued his first endorsements of the 2018 election cycle, backing 81 candidates in gubernatorial, House, Senate and state legislature races across the country.
However, some prominent Democratic candidates were not on the list released on Monday, including Rep. Beto O’RourkeRobert (Beto) Francis O’RourkeObama backs 260 Democrats in second wave of midterm endorsements Texas governor calls Beto O’Rourke ‘cult-like’ figure Beto O’Rourke commits to serving full Senate term if elected, Cruz does not: report MORE (D-Texas), who’s looking to unseat Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBeto O’Rourke apologizes for 1991 college review discussing actresses’ breasts and buttocks Obama backs 260 Democrats in second wave of midterm endorsements Texas governor calls Beto O’Rourke ‘cult-like’ figure MORE (R); Rep. Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonAttorney: Ellison abuse allegations are unsubstantiated Obama backs 260 Democrats in second wave of midterm endorsements GOP Senate candidate calls for state investigation of Ellison allegations MORE (D-Minn.), who has denied domestic abuse allegations from a former girlfriend; and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.).
Among those Democrats to get a shoutout in Obama’s latest round of endorsements was Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who’s locked in a tight battle for the Florida governor’s mansion, and Ben Jealous, who’s looking to oust Maryland’s Republican governor, Larry Hogan.
Both Gillum and Jealous would be the first African-American governors in their states’ respective histories if elected in November.
Also on the list was Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D), who is running for Senate in Arizona, as well as incumbent Sens. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonNelson expected to get a boost from Gillum in toughest reelection in years Obama backs 260 Democrats in second wave of midterm endorsements Tester to oppose Kavanaugh MORE (D-Fla.), Tammy BaldwinTammy Suzanne Baldwin‘Crony-ing’ over spilled milk Obama backs 260 Democrats in second wave of midterm endorsements Dems hold edge in Rust Belt Senate races: poll MORE (D-Wis.) and Tina SmithTina Flint SmithObama backs 260 Democrats in second wave of midterm endorsements Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls Farm bill must protect working lands conservation programs MORE (D-Minn.).
Obama also endorsed a number of Democrats in competitive House races, including Jason Crow, who’s looking to oust Rep. Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanInternal poll shows Coffman in dead heat with Democratic challenger Obama backs 260 Democrats in second wave of midterm endorsements The Hill’s Morning Report — Where the Kavanaugh nomination stands MORE (R-Colo.) in November, and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, the Democrat running against Rep. Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloObama backs 260 Democrats in second wave of midterm endorsements Midterms put GOP centrists in peril Former TV journalist gives GOP rare dose of hope in Florida MORE (R) in his South Florida district.
In a statement, the former president touted the diversity of Democratic tickets across the country and said he was “eager to continue making the case for why they deserve our votes this November.”
“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,” Obama said.
Obama has maintained a relatively low political profile since leaving office last year. But last month, he delivered a stunning rebuke of President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlake: I sometimes feel like I’m ‘without a party’ Graham attacks NBC as ‘co-conspirator in the destruction of Kavanaugh’ Alex Trebek hosts gubernatorial debate in Pennsylvania MORE during a speech at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, decrying what he called the former real estate mogul’s “radical” agenda.
“It’s not conservative. It sure isn’t normal. It’s radical,” Obama said in the fiery address. “It’s a vision that says the protection of our power and those who back us is all that matters even when it hurts the country.”