President Barack Obama endorses Stacey Abrams and Sarah Riggs Amico in Georgia’s governor and lieutenant races. He also endorsed Gavin Newsom and Lauren Underwood, as well as several other candidates.
Obama tweeted: “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.”
“I’m confident that, together, they’ll strengthen this country we love by restoring opportunity, repairing our alliances and standing in the world, and upholding our fundamental commitment to justice, fairness, responsibility, and the rule of law. But first, they need our votes,” Obama wrote in a second tweet.
Among the other candidates President Obama endorsed are: Gavin Newsom in the California governor’s race; Harley Rouda, CA-48; Mark Levin, CA-49; Lauren Underwood, IL-14; Richard Cordray, OH-Gov; and Colin Allred, TX-32.
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
President Obama’s endorsement comes as a new poll from Gravis Marketing finds Stacey Abrams leading Republican rival Brian Kemp by 46 – 44 percent. Sarah Riggs Amico leads her GOP rival Geoff Duncan by 43 – 41 percent. The poll finds that 49 percent of Georgians disapprove of Donald Trump’s performance, while 46 percent approve.
Stacey Abrams responded to Obama’s endorsement:
It is a profound honor to receive President @BarackObama’s endorsement. He knows first-hand that progress isn't always easy, but it is always worth fighting for—no matter who you are or where you call home. Join us: https://t.co/i2tFQgUbjF #TeamAbrams #GAGov #gapol pic.twitter.com/mk53mCHFFd
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) August 1, 2018