Obama Backs 260 Democrats in Second Wave of Midterm Endorsements

October 2, 2018 AT 10:00 AM

By Max Greenwood

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'Rourke (D-Texas), who's looking to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz (R); Rep. Keith Ellison (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.

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