Former President Barack Obama is wedging his way into Texas political news, endorsing several Democrat candidates running for the state legislature.

Among the endorsements Obama announced today are Julie Johnson, the Democrat running against taxpayer champion State Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R–Irving) and Rhetta Bowers, the Democrat running against conservative Jonathan Boos for the state House seat currently held by State Rep. Cindy Burkett in east Dallas County.

It remains to be seen, however, just how the endorsements will play in the Lone Star State, which has soundly rejected Obama twice, in 2008 and 2012 — both times by double-digit margins.

Rinaldi took the endorsement in stride, joking on Twitter that the former president was “just mad because I didn’t vote for him.”

Texans will have their chance to weigh in on Obama’s endorsed candidates next month in the November 6 general election. Both Rinaldi and Boos are endorsed by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens

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