In a statement on Monday, Obama announced his first wave of support for 118 Democrats running for federal, statewide and state legislative offices from 17 states, including New York, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Nebraska and Nevada.
Obama endorsed progressive candidate Jamaal Bowman, a former middle school principal and first-time candidate who toppled longtime Rep. Eliot Engle in New York’s Democratic primary in June.
Bowman posted the following on Twitter in response to Obama's endorsement:
I'm excited @BarackObama has joined our movement because November’s election is the most important in our lifetimes -- it's going to take all of us to win.— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) August 3, 2020
That’s why I’m asking – will you join President Obama and officially endorse me for Congress today? https://t.co/e47icT6yJe