Barack Obama endorses Stacey Abrams for Governor of Ga.

Former President Barack Obama has endorsed Stacey Abrams for governor of Georgia.

Obama announced his endorsement on Wednesday, releasing the following statement:

"I am so excited to endorse Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia. She's not running a campaign built on division or distraction; she's running to lead one Georgia where everybody has opportunity, and everybody's voice is heard. And she's got the record of building consensus that shows she can deliver - with good jobs, great public education, expanded Medicaid, and secure, affordable health insurance for everyone. In a time when too many folks are focused simply on how to win an election, Stacey's somebody who cares about something more important: why we should. That's the kind of politics we should practice. That's why I'm proud to give Stacey Abrams my support."

"It is a profound honor to receive President Obama's endorsement," said Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia Stacey Abrams. "President Obama's legacy is marked by integrity, a deep commitment to service, and an ability to find solutions that put the well-being of people first. I am grateful for his support as I continue a campaign for governor grounded in hope, optimism, and a boundless belief that we can do more to make sure every family in Georgia has the opportunity to thrive."

The race between Republican Brian Kemp, a hard-line white conservative, and Abrams, a self-declared progressive black woman, is set to be among the most closely watched of the November midterms.