Washington Democrats have bolstered their investments in McBath's and Bourdeaux's campaigns in recent months, even as Woodall and particularly Handel have beefed up their fundraising.
The statehouse races featuring Harrell and Karinshak are considered among the most competitive in Georgia. Hillary Clinton and Jon Ossoff carried the Dunwoody-based district being pursued by Harrell, and Karinshak is running for a Gwinnett County seat being vacated by former lieutenant governor hopeful David Shafer. McLeod barely lost her race for a Gwinnett House seat in 2016.
The nods came as a surprise to many the candidates. Bourdeaux called Obama’s endorsement a “profound honor” on Twitter.
The news once again raises the question of whether Obama -- or his wife, Michelle -- is planning to visit Georgia to campaign this year. Two months ago, the ex-president similarly endorsed Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Stacey Abrams; Sarah Riggs Amico, his party's candidate for lieutenant governor; and metro Atlanta statehouse nominees Matthew Wilson and Shelly Hutchinson.
After shunning the public spotlight during the first year of the Trump administration, Obama in recent months has stepped up his political efforts ahead of the midterms. He recently campaigned for candidates in swing states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania and helped fundraise for his redistricting effort and the Democratic Party.
Staff writers Greg Bluestein and Maya T. Prabhu contributed to this article.