Barack Hussein Obama spoke out this week to intervene in the bellwether Florida election.
Politico reported that Obama endorsed St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman in the hopes of juicing Democratic turnout in Tuesday’s multi-candidate race in order to force a November run-off. This comes as the demoralized Florida Democratic Party is still reeling over President Donald Trump’s surprise win in November.
Obama released a statement saying that he is endorsing Kriseman because of his policy positions.
“From raising the minimum wage and fighting for equality, to bold leadership on climate change, Rick was a great ally on the priorities of my administration. I strongly endorse Rick Kriseman as the only choice for continued progress for St. Petersburg,” Obama said in his statement, which goes on to praise Kriseman for taking “on big challenges to move St. Pete forward.”
This support is crucial for Kriseman, as he is bleeding support from African-American voters. He is currently in big trouble against Republican candidate Rick Baker, a former mayor of the Tampa Bay-area city.
Obama has only endorsed one other mayoral race, in Los Angeles, although his support wasn’t really needed by incumbent Eric Garcetti.
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