President Barack Obama has endorsed Raja Krishnamoorthi in the 8th congressional district race. The House seat for the Chicago west and northwest suburban district is up for election after U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth opted to run for U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's post in Congress' upper chamber.
"As the son of immigrants who worked their way into the middle-class, Raja understands both the challenges facing America's working families and the opportunities their work makes possible," President Obama said in his endorsement of Krishnamoorthi. "I know he'll fight hard in Congress to create more good jobs, empower more Americans to start businesses, and help working families afford to put their children through college."
Krishnamoorthi, who previously worked for the president as his policy director during Obama's 2004 Senate campaign, has also garnered the endorsements of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, and former Obama aide David Axelrod, among others.
Krishnamoorthi is going up against Republican Peter DiCianni in the November general election.