TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Former President Barack Obama is endorsing Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum for Florida Governor.
Obama shared the news on Twitter at 12:46 p.m.:
Today, I’m proud to endorse even more Democratic candidates who aren’t just running against something, but for something—to expand opportunity for all of us and to restore dignity, honor, and compassion to public service. They deserve your vote: pic.twitter.com/NO5jnhX3XD
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 1, 2018
Senator Bill Nelson was also included in the extensive list of candidates named in the tweet.
In early August, Obama endorsed several Democratic candidates, but did not include any candidates in Florida ahead of the state's Primary Election.
In a statement, Obama called Gillum a "proven fighter."
It's truly an honor to receive the endorsement of @BarackObama. Progress is on the ballot. Hope is on the ballot. A brighter future for Florida is on the ballot. Let's #BringItHome! pic.twitter.com/rQehB0PABI
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) October 1, 2018
President Donald Trump has also made his own endorsements in the Florida races. A day before the Primary Election in Florida, Trump tweeted out his support for both Former Congressman Ron DeSantis and Florida Rick Scott: