Former president Barack Obama on Monday endorsed Democrat Ben Jealous to be Maryland’s next governor.
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
“Ben Jealous is an accomplished civil rights leader, businessman, and advocate for working people,” Obama said in a statement released by the Jealous campaign. The statement also highlighted Jealous’ work in Maryland while he was NAACP chief, including repealing the death penalty and on referendums to uphold same-sex marriage and in-state tuition for some undocumented immigrants.
The Goucher Poll last month showed Jealous is losing a sizeable portion of Democrats and African-Americans to Hogan, who has governed as a moderate and hopes to become the state’s first Republican governor to win reelection in more than 60 years. A Mason Dixon poll released last week showed Jealous performing better among those constituencies.
Jealous was not included in Obama’s first round of 81 endorsements released in August. In September, Obama began campaigning for fellow Democrats in the midterm election. He has visited neighboring Pennsylvania on behalf of Gov. Tom Wolf (D). A spokesman for the Jealous campaign said no such visits are planned for Maryland.
Also on Monday, Hogan’s campaign announced a coalition of 36 pastors who have endorsed him.