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Obama makes first round of endorsements ahead of 2018 midterms

Obama makes first round of endorsements ahead of 2018 midterms

Former president Barack Obama is endorsing 81 candidates ahead of November's midterm elections and plans to hit the campaign trail this fall, his office announced Wednesday.

"I'm proud to endorse such a wide and impressive array of Democratic candidates - leaders as diverse, patriotic, and big-hearted as the America they're running to represent," Obama said in a statement.

Among the candidates on the list - the first of two waves of endorsements - are several Obama administration and campaign alumni. Notably, nearly half of the 81 candidates who have received his blessing are running for seats in state legislatures.

But the list is drawing attention for its...

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