President Barack Obama won’t endorse every Democratic House incumbent who faces a competitive primary. Not surprisingly, some of the incumbents don’t want the backing of a president whose approval rating stands well below 50 percent. More surprisingly, Obama won’t endorse every incumbent who seeks his assistance, The Hill
“The president has been very selective and has not engaged in every race,” a Democratic source familiar with the situation told the news service.
Obama has officially endorsed only two House Democrats so far in this elections campaign — Congressional Black Caucus founder John Conyers of Michigan and Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois.
The presidential seal of approval is apparently helping both men. Jackson, who personally asked Obama for the endorsement, won his primary Tuesday. And Conyers, whose primary will take place in August, told The Hill “that endorsement went all over the country. People were calling me from California, New York.”
Obama isn’t expected to take sides in incumbent versus incumbent clashes created by redistricting. The Hill lists 11 other Democratic House members facing tough primary fights. Some of them seek Obama’s blessing, and some of them don’t. Time will tell who gets it.
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