- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 1, 2018

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Former President Barack Obama has put his seals of approval upon a half-dozen Democratic legislative candidates in North Carolina this fall.

The six endorsements are among 81 that Obama announced Wednesday, covering 13 states and up and down the ballot.

Obama and national Democrats are paying attention to races for the North Carolina General Assembly, which Republicans have controlled since 2011. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper isn’t on the November ballot but is also raising support for legislative candidates to attempt to break GOP veto-proof majorities and support his agenda.

Obama endorsed state Senate candidate Wiley Nickel of Cary and House candidates Terence Everitt of Wake Forest, Julie von Haefen and Sydney Batch of Apex, Rachel Hunt of Charlotte and Ron Wesson of Windsor.

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