Obama issues 2nd round of congressional candidate endorsements: NYC councilman Ritchie Torres, LI's Nancy Goroff, CT's Jahanna Hates

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Photo credit FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2018 file photo, former President Barack Obama steps on stage to speak during a campaign rally for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Since leaving the White House nearly four years ago, former President Barack Obama has repeatedly called for a new generation of political leaders to step up. On Wednesday, he’ll implore Americans to vote for Joe Biden, a 77-year-old who has been on the national political stage for more than four decades. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Former president Barack Obama on Friday announced his second round of endorsements for the 2020 election, which included candidates from New York City, Long Island and Connecticut.

"I’m proud to endorse these outstanding Democratic candidates who will work to get the virus under control, rebuild the economy and the middle class, and protect Americans’ health care and preexisting conditions protections," Obama wrote. "Support these candidates––and vote early if you can."

Obama is endorsing New York City councilman Ritchie Torres of the Bronx in his run for Congress.

Torres tweeted, "I am honored to earn the endorsement of President @BarackObama. In my own journey from public housing in the #Bronx to the people's House in Washington D.C, I never thought, in my wildest dreams, that I would earn the support of the first African-American President of the US."

Obama is also endorsing Stony Brook professor and scientist Nancy Goroff who is taking on Rep. Lee Zeldin in Suffolk County.

Rep. Jahanna Hates of Connecticut is also being endorsed by Obama.