WASHINGTON — Today, President Barack Obama announced a slate of endorsements in state legislative races. State legislatures play an outsized role in policies that affect Americans’ day to day lives and next year, state legislatures across the country will draw legislative or congressional maps. Democrats are laser-focused on winning back power in statehouses and with just three months until Election Day, we have momentum on our side.
President Obama’s endorsements highlight an impressive slate of candidates in key battleground states like Texas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Ohio.
“I’m proud to endorse this diverse and hopeful collection of thoughtful, empathetic, and highly qualified Democrats,” said President Obama. “Together, these candidates will help us redeem our country’s promise by sticking up for working class people, restoring fairness and opportunity to our system, and fighting for the good of all Americans — not just those at the top. They make me optimistic not just about our party’s chances in November, but about our country’s future long after that. So if you’re in one of their districts or states, make sure you vote for them this fall. And if you can, vote early — by mail or in person.”
“Between redistricting and the coronavirus pandemic, the leaders we elect to our state legislatures this year will have an outsized impact on politics for the next decade,” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post. “But don’t take it from me — as a former state legislator himself, President Obama knows better than anyone how crucial it is to ensure our communities have strong representation in their statehouses. Democrats are united in flipping state legislatures this November, and we’re so proud of the incredible candidates that have stepped up to fight for their communities.”
This year, the DLCC unveiled its $50 million “Flip Everything” campaign, an unprecedented effort to win legislative majorities across the country. Since Trump’s election, the DLCC has flipped more than 450 seats and 10 chambers red to blue.