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Who Obama Didn’t Endorse This Week Matters More Than Who He Did

The former president is steering clear of states that Donald Trump flipped from blue states to red states in 2016, and that could matter in the fight for control of the U.S. Senate.

By NTK Staff | 08.02.2018 @11:00am
Who Obama Didn’t Endorse This Week Matters More Than Who He Did

Former President Barack Obama released his initial slate of endorsements on Wednesday, a long list that includes gubernatorial candidates, congressional candidates, and state legislative candidates in key states around the country.

The Obama imprimatur is surely still powerful within the Democratic Party, but one factoid that sticks out is that the former president endorsed only one candidate for U.S. Senate: Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), running against Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) in Nevada.

Obama made only one U.S. Senate endorsement, despite the battle for the Senate being arguably the most important and most-watched fight of the 2018 midterm cycle.

Why? The 2016 electoral map offers some clues.

Hillary Clinton only won three swing states in 2016: Nevada, Colorado, and Virginia. Of those, only Nevada has a competitive Senate race in 2018, and that’s where Obama made his only endorsement.

Meanwhile, five Democratic incumbents are running in states President Trump flipped from blue to red in 2016:

  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  • Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
  • Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)
  • Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL)

Despite the liberal profiles of all five senators, Obama endorsed none of them on Wednesday.

Perhaps Obama recognizes that his brand in those states is not what it was when he won all five in both 2008 and 2012. Still, it’s notable that Obama seems to be staying out of the all-important battle for the U.S. Senate.

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