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Obama backs Sinema and Garcia in Arizona races, more than 200 other Dems ahead of midterms

Posted at 11:57 AM, Oct 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-01 14:57:50-04

Former President Barack Obama is ramping up his involvement in politics ahead of November's elections.

On Monday, he endorsed more than 200 Democrats running for offices ranging from local to national, including three candidates in high-profile Arizona races.

In the morning tweet, Obama highlighted his support for Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema, gubernatorial candidate David Garcia, and attorney general candidate January Contreras.

The endorsements include close races where his political cachet could make a difference, veterans of his campaign and White House, and younger more diverse candidates.

Last month, Obama endorsed 81 Democrats running in the 2018 elections.

In a statement, Obama describes the candidates as "Americans who aren't just running against something, but for something."

Obama's moves come as he and former first lady Michelle Obama re-engage in public life. The former president has campaigned on behalf of several Democratic candidates, while Michelle Obama has been working to help lead a working group to help register new voters.