Barack Obama after a rally in Pennsylvania. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Former President Barack Obama announced another round of endorsements Monday ahead of next month's midterm elections, lending his support to an additional 260 candidates.

Between the lines: This round "focused on close races ... state legislative and/or statewide races that are redistricting priorities; ... and building a pipeline of diverse talent and elevating the next generation of leaders within the Democratic Party."

  • Four of our Axios 8 for 2018 races were on the list, including Gina Ortiz Jones in Texas' 23rd Congressional District, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in Florida's 26th Congressional District, Joe Radinovich in Minnesota's 8th Congressional District and Cindy Axne in Iowa's 3rd Congressional District.
  • Two other Axios 8 races were featured on his initial list: Richard Cordray, running for Ohio governor, and Katie Porter in California's 45th Congressional District.
  • One more thing: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York's 14th Congressional District) made the list, but Keith Ellison, running for Minnesota attorney general and facing allegations of domestic abuse, did not.

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