Former President Barack Obama recently endorsed Cheri Beasley, the Democratic candidate for North Carolina's U.S. Senate seat, just two weeks before the midterm elections.
Obama endorsed Beasley in an advertisement for her campaign that focused on her experience as a public defender and judge, as well as the importance of the race. Beasley was the first Black woman to be elected as chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
“We need strong leaders to step forward — leaders who will do what’s right instead of what’s easy, leaders who will fight for you,” Obama said in the advertisement. “That’s why I’m supporting Cheri Beasley for U.S. Senate.”
Obama said Beasley is honest, hard-working and puts people first. He also said she will fight for women’s rights and affordable prescription drugs.
Obama also said the race between Beasley and Republican nominee Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC 13th) is very close.
Budd has endorsements from former President Donald Trump, N.C. Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Gun Owners of America.
The Marist Poll released a new survey on Oct. 26 that had Beasley and Budd tied among North Carolina registered voters at 44 percent, with 10 percent of voters still undecided. Among independent voters surveyed, 17 percent remain undecided between the candidates.
Beasley responded to Obama's endorsement on Twitter by encouraging supporters to get out to vote on Election Day, Nov. 8.
“You heard President Obama — this race is going to be close,” she wrote. “That means we need a whole lot of resources to organize in every corner of the state and make history in just two weeks.”