Barack Obama makes rare endorsement in St. Petersburg race

Former President Obama is getting back into local politics, making a huge endorsement in a Florida mayoral race. 

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman is facing a multi-candidate race and he’s trying to force a run-off in November.

Politico is reporting that the former president is trying to influence Democratic turnout, and his endorsement will be crucial for Kriseman. 

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LONDON - Former US President Barack Obama following a meeting at Kensington Palace on May 27, 2017 in London.
EDINBURGH - Looking across the city of Edinburgh from Calton Hill at dusk. The Balmoral Hotel and an illuminated Edinburgh Castle can be seen.
BERLIN - Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a discussion at the German Protestant Kirchentag in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
MILAN - Former U.S. President Barack Obama waves after speaking at the Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan, Italy May 9, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
TUSCANY - A gravel road is seen in San Gusme' countryside in Tuscany, central Italy, September 29 ,2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - Former U.S. President Barack Obama and British businessman Richard Branson sit on a boat during Obama's holiday on Branson's Moskito island, in the British Virgin Islands, in a picture handed out by Virgin on February 7, 2017. Jack Brockway/Virgin Handout via REUTERS FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY
FRENCH POLYNESIA - Former US President Obama take a holiday snap of his wife Michelle, as she poses on the top deck of the 138 meter Rising Sun yacht where the couple and friends spent the morning off the Island of Moorea, in the South Pacific, part of French Polynesia on April 14, 2017. Obama and his wife Michelle, US singer Bruce Springsteen, US actor Tom Hanks and TV personality Oprah Winfrey, spent two hours aboard the Rising Sun before leaving Tahiti. The Obamas left Tahiti after a one-month stay in French Polynesia. / AFP PHOTO / Mike LEYRAL / The erroneous mention[s] appearing in the metadata of this photo by Mike LEYRAL has been modified in AFP systems in the following manner: [April 14, 2014] instead of [April 24 2017]. Please immediately remove the erroneous mention[s] from all your online services and delete it (them) from your servers. If you have been authorized by AFP to distribute it (them) to third parties, please ensure that the same actions are carried out by them. Failure to promptly comply with these instructions will entail liability on your part for any continued or post notification usage. Therefore we thank you very much for all your attention and prompt action. We are sorry for the inconvenience this notification may cause and remain at your disposal for any further information you may require. (Photo credit should read MIKE LEYRAL/AFP/Getty Images)
HONOLULU - A sailboat passes in front of clouds lit up by the sunset sky in Hawaii, U.S., December 30, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
PALM SPRINGS - U.S. President Barack Obama arrives in Palm Springs California February 12, 2016. Obama is expected to spend much of the weekend golfing and will then host leaders of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Monday and Tuesday at the Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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Rick Baker is the Republican candidate and in some polls, his support is already above 50 percent. That would give him the seat outright without the runoff. 

Obama has made two high profile endorsements since he left office -- he backed Eric Garcetti in his re-election bid for Mayor of Los Angeles, and abroad in France’s presidential election, where he endorsed Emmanuel Macron

It’s not clear whether Obama will hit the campaign trail in St. Petersburg, but this race comes as the state’s Democratic party is still trying to get back on their feet after President Trump’s win in 2016.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) - In her new book, Warren reveals for the first time that she considered running in 2016, when liberals were begging her to enter the race. This year, Warren joined the Armed Services Committee, filling a major national security gap in her resume. First though, she'll have to win reelection next year in Massachusetts, where some Warren allies expect Republicans to spend heavily to defeat or at least damage her.

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) - Booker is a crowd favorite whenever he speaks to Democratic audiences and is expected to headline several party fundraising events this year. One of the few African-Americans in the Senate, Booker has a big social media following and is a darling of the Manhattan donor class. His precedent-breaking testimony against Attorney General Jeff Sessions was a high-profile event that endeared him to many on the left.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) - Sanders won millions of votes during his unexpectedly strong presidential primary bid last year, which gave him a massive following and small-dollar donor base that's the envy of many Dems. He's the most popular politician in America, according to some surveys, and inspires enthusiastic loyalty. But Sanders would be 78 in 2020, and while his age doesn't seem to slow him down, Democrats may want a fresher face. 

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Former Gov. Martin O'Malley (MD) - No one has shown more interest in 2020 so far than O'Malley, who has been traveling to key states to campaign for Democrats and who told NBC News in January that he "just might" run for president again. O'Malley failed to crack 1% in the Iowa caucuses last time around. But he was convinced there no room for anyone in a race so clearly defined by Hillary Clinton and Sanders, and insists that he could perform better under different circumstances.

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Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) - With a reality TV star-turned-politician in the White House, some Democrats think the comedian-turned-politician would be the perfect foil. His book out next month, sarcastically titled, "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate," could be a signal of higher ambition.

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Joe Biden - The former vice president ran for the top job twice and nearly did a third time in 2016. Could he really make a go of it in 2020? "Never say never," Biden told "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert. "You don't know what's going to happen. I mean, hell Donald Trump's gonna be 74. I'll be 77 and in better shape. I mean, what the hell?"

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) - Gillibrand has long been seen as potential presidential material, and her decision to vote against almost every one of Trump's Cabinet nominees has earned her renewed praise on the left. A recent profile in New York magazine further edged her toward the national stage.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (NY) - Cuomo has built record of accomplishments in his time leading New York State, including the recent passage of a universal college tuition program, even though he's also racked up some detractors along the way. And unlike some of the other 2020 possibles, he's hardly shown a relish for taking on Trump.

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) - The former California Attorney General just got to the Senate in January, but many party insiders think she's interested in higher office and that she would be a formidable candidate for the White House. Political talent scouts have been watching her for years, with a 2015 Washington Post headline asking, "Is Kamala Harris the next Barack Obama?"

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