Forward of the midterm elections, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton formally endorsed a handful of gubernatorial nominees throughout the nation, together with some in tight races.
“Governors set the tone and route for his or her states,” the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee said on Twitter. “They’re additionally our final line of protection in opposition to a number of the Trump administration’s worst insurance policies. So decide a candidate – or two or three – and assist flip one in all these 17 races. One week to go.”
Learn on for a take a look at who Clinton endorsed simply forward of the midterm elections.
Former Sen. Mark Begich faces Republican Mike Dunleavy in Alaska’s gubernatorial election. Incumbent Gov. Invoice Walker, an impartial, dropped his re-election bid with lower than a month till the election and endorsed Begich.
Begich “is a devoted public servant, enterprise proprietor and former U.S. senator who has a file of reducing by way of paperwork to get issues executed for Alaskans,” Clinton said in her endorsement of the Democratic nominee. “In workplace, he’ll prioritize faculties, jobs and reasonably priced well being care.”
Fox Information has ranked the Alaskan gubernatorial race a toss-up.
Military veteran and Arizona State College professor David Garcia faces GOP incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey within the race to guide Arizona. Fox Information has ranked the election as probably Republican.
Clinton praised Garcia as a “husband, dad, veteran and instructor who will struggle for training and root out corruption in Arizona.”
“David is a nationwide training professional who will put money into faculties so all of Arizona’s youngsters can reside as much as their God-given potential,” Clinton mentioned.
Training has performed a large function within the gubernatorial race. 1000’s of educators walked out of their school rooms in protest earlier this 12 months, closing down faculties whereas demanding extra pay and sources.
Incumbent GOP Gov. Chris Sununu faces Democrat Molly Kelly in his quest for a second time period as New Hampshire’s governor. Fox Information has ranked the race as leaning Republican.
Clinton offered her endorsement of Kelly, saying she is “an skilled chief and tireless fighter.”
“She’ll struggle to enhance financial safety for working households and increase alternative for all,” Clinton mentioned.
Kelly is a former state senator.
With incumbent Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, leaving workplace resulting from time period limits, Fox Information has ranked the race between Democrat Janet Mills and Republican Shawn Moody a toss-up.
Mills “is an skilled chief and an impressive public servant operating for governor of Maine to increase financial alternative,” Clinton said, including that she is “a tireless champion for Maine households.”
Mills is the lawyer basic of Maine.
Democrat Gretchen Whitmer is taking over Republican Invoice Schuette within the Michigan gubernatorial race, which Fox Information has ranked as leaning Democrat.
A former state lawmaker, Whitmer “by no means backs down from tackling the issues dealing with Michigan’s working households, and she or he was a key chief in addressing Detroit’s monetary disaster,” Clinton said. “The Flint water disaster was a strong motivator in Gretchen’s resolution to leap within the race.”
Progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., additionally endorsed Whitmer over Schuette, the state’s lawyer basic.