WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced a second slate of endorsements in state legislative races. This year, state legislative races have never been more important with redistricting around the corner and the need for a blue wall to protect against a conservative Supreme Court. State legislatures play an outsized role in policies that affect Americans’ day-to-day lives and can take action to protect health care, reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and more. Democrats have momentum on our side heading into November and are well-positioned to flip state legislative seats across the country.
President Obama’s endorsements highlight an impressive slate of candidates in key battleground states like Arizona, Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota.
“I’m proud to endorse these outstanding Democratic candidates who will work to get the virus under control, rebuild the economy and the middle class, and protect Americans’ health care and preexisting conditions protections from Republican assault,” said President Obama. “They’re dedicated to shoring up and strengthening our democracy, a project that’s going to take time and require all of us — but it begins by electing Democrats right now. So give these candidates your vote — and vote early if you can, either by mail or in person.”
“The leaders we elect to our state legislatures this year will have an outsized impact on politics for the next decade — and electing Democratic majorities is even more critical as the GOP continues its crusade against health care,” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post. “As a former state legislator himself, President Obama understands better than anyone how crucial it is to ensure our communities have strong representation in their statehouses. Democrats are laser-focused on flipping state legislatures this November, and we’re thrilled to work alongside an incredible number of Democratic candidates who have joined the fight this year.”
Earlier this year, the DLCC announced its unprecedented $50 million “Flip Everything” campaign to win legislative majorities across the country. Since Trump’s election, the DLCC has flipped more than 450 seats and 10 chambers from red to blue.