Here’s How Obama-Endorsed Candidates Did On Election Night

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Former President Barack Obama gave his endorsement to 94 gubernatorial, House and Senate Republican candidates on the ballot Tuesday and stumped for many of them in their home states.

Obama is 58-28 in races that have been called as of Nov. 14. Some of his endorsees were virtually guaranteed to win in the general election, like Democratic New York Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and unopposed Democratic Massachusetts Rep.-elect Ayanna Pressley.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump endorsed 79 major candidates who were on the ballot Tuesday and had a 43-31 record as of Wednesday.

Below is a list of the candidates Obama endorsed and whether voters ultimately decided they were the right choice, according to Ballotpedia.


Obama endorsed 20 gubernatorial candidates, including two incumbents. He is 10-8 in the races that have been called.

Still up for grabs is the Georgia governor race between Trump-endorsed Brian Kemp and Obama-endorsed Stacey Abrams. Kemp is leading right now, but Abrams said she is going to make sure every single vote is counted. Also waiting to be finalized is Florida, where Democratic governor candidate Andrew Gillum backtracked his concession to Republican Ron DeSantis. (RELATED: Here’s How Trump-Endorsed Candidates Did On Election Night)

Former President Barack Obama campaigns for Wisconsin Democratic candidates including Tony Evers (far right), Democratic candidate for governor of Wisconsin, during a rally at North Division High School on October 26, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Former President Barack Obama campaigns for Wisconsin Democratic candidates including Tony Evers (far right), Democratic candidate for governor of Wisconsin, during a rally at North Division High School on Oct. 26, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Another race where a Trump endorsee went up against an Obama endorsee was the Nevada gubernatorial contest, where Democrat Steve Sisolak defeated Republican Adam Laxalt to become one of Nevada’s first Democratic governors elected since 1994.

Trump endorsed a total of 18 gubernatorial candidates who were candidates in the general election, including five incumbents.

Governor Endorsees Who Won

  • Gavin Newsom, California
  • Jared Polis, Colorado
  • Ned Lamont, Connecticut
  • J.B. Pritzker, Illinois
  • Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan
  • Tim Walz, Minnesota
  • Steve Sisolak, Nevada
  • Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico
  • Kate Brown, Oregon incumbent
  • Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island incumbent
  • Tony Evers, Wisconsin

Governor Endorsees Who Lost

  • David Garcia, Arizona
  • Fred Hubbell, Iowa
  • Ben Jealous, Maryland
  • Jay Gonzalez, Massachusetts
  • Molly Kelly, New Hampshire
  • Richard Cordray, Ohio
  • Christine Hallquist, Vermont

Governor Endorsees Undecided

  • Andrew Gillum, Florida
  • Stacey Abrams, Georgia


Obama endorsed five Senate candidates, including three incumbents. So far, only three of those races have been called, and two of those winning candidates are incumbents.

Trump endorsed 20 Senate candidates who were on the ballot Tuesday, including six incumbents.

Senate Endorsees Who Won

  • Tina Smith, Minnesota incumbent
  • Jacky Rosen, Nevada
  • Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin incumbent

Senate Endorsees Who Lost

No Obama Senate endorsees have officially lost yet.

Senate Endorsees Undecided

  • Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona
  • Bill Nelson, Florida


Obama endorsed 69 House candidates, including three incumbents. So far, Obama is 44-21 in House races that have been decided. For instance, many California races that will likely go blue are still being finalized.

Seats that flipped parties include Florida’s 26th Congressional District, where Democratic challenger Debbie Mucarsel-Powell beat Republican incumbent Rep. Carlos Curbelo, and Kansas’s 3rd Congressional District, where Democratic challenger Sharice Davids beat Republican incumbent Rep. Kevin Yoder.

Trump endorsed 41 House candidates including 28 incumbents.

House Endorsees Who Won

  • Josh Harder, California 10th Congressional District
  • Katie Hill, California 25th Congressional District
  • Harley Rouda, California 48th Congressional District
  • Mike Levin, California 49th Congressional District
  • Joe Neguse, Colorado 2nd Congressional District
  • Jason Crow, Colorado 6th Congressional District
  • Jahana Hayes, Connecticut 5th Congressional District
  • Stephanie Murphy, Florida 7th Congressional District
  • Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Florida 26th Congressional District
  • Lucy McBath, Georgia 6th Congressional District
  • Abby Finkenauer, Iowa 1st Congressional District
  • Cindy Axne, Iowa 3rd Congressional District
  • Sean Casten, Illinois 6th Congressional District
  • Lauren Underwood, Illinois 14th Congressional District
  • Sharice Davids, Kansas 3rd Congressional District
  • Ayanna Pressley, Massachusetts 7th Congressional District
  • Elissa Slotkin, Michigan 8th Congressional District
  • Haley Stevens, Michigan 11th Congressional District
  • Angie Craig, Minnesota 2nd Congressional District
  • Dean Phillips, Minnesota 3rd Congressional District
  • Chris Pappas, New Hampshire 1st Congressional District
  • Annie Kuster, New Hampshire 2nd Congressional District
  • Andy Kim, New Jersey 3rd Congressional District
  • Tom Malinowski, New Jersey 7th Congressional District
  • Susie Lee, Nevada 3rd Congressional District
  • Steven Horsford, Nevada 4th Congressional District
  • Debra Haaland, New Mexico 1st Congressional District
  • Max Rose, New York 11th Congressional District
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York 14th Congressional District
  • Antonio Delgado, New York 19th Congressional District
  • Jill Schiller, Ohio 2nd Congressional District
  • Madeleine Dean, Pennsylvania 4th Congressional District
  • Mary Gay Scanlon, Pennsylvania 5th Congressional District
  • Chrissy Houlahan, Pennsylvania 6th Congressional District
  • Susan Wild, Pennsylvania 7th Congressional District
  • Matt Cartwright, Pennsylvania 8th Congressional District
  • Lizzie Fletcher, Texas 7th Congressional District
  • Veronica Escobar, Texas 16th Congressional District
  • Sylvia Garcia, Texas 29th Congressional District
  • Colin Allred, Texas 32nd Congressional District
  • Elaine Luria, Virginia 2nd Congressional District
  • Abigail Spanberger, Virginia 7th Congressional District
  • Jennifer Wexton, Virginia 10th Congressional District
  • Carolyn Long, Washington 3rd Congressional District
  • Kim Schrier, Washington 8th Congressional District

House Endorsees Who Lost

  • TJ Cox, California 21st Congressional District
  • Ammar Campa-Najjar, California 50th Congressional District
  • Nancy Soderberg, Florida 6th Congressional District
  • Chris Hunter, Florida 12th Congressional District
  • Lauren Baer, Florida 18th Congressional District
  • Brendan Kelly, Illinois 12th Congressional District
  • Betsy Londrigan, Illinois 13th Congressional District
  • Dan Feehan, Minnesota 1st Congressional District
  • Joe Radinovich, Minnesota 8th Congressional District
  • Kara Eastman, Nebraska 2nd Congressional District
  • Linda Coleman, North Carolina 2nd Congressional District
  • Clint Koble, Nevada 2nd Congressional District
  • Dana Balter, New York 24th Congressional District
  • Aftab Pureval, Ohio 1st Congressional District
  • Betsy Rader, Ohio 4th Congressional District
  • Susan Moran Palmer, Ohio 16th Congressional District
  • Scott Wallace, Pennsylvania 1st Congressional District
  • Adrienne Bell, Texas 14th Congressional District
  • Lisa Brown, Washington 5th Congressional District
  • Randy Bryce, Wisconsin 1st Congressional District

House Endorsees Undecided

  • Katie Porter, California 45th Congressional District
  • Carolyn Bourdeaux, Georgia 7th Congressional District
  • Jared Golden, Maine 2nd Congressional District
  • Gina Ortiz Jones, Texas 23rd Congressional District

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