ATLANTA - 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.