President Barack Obama officially endorsed Democrat Ed Markey for Massachusetts senator on Tuesday, giving the congressman a boost a month before the state's special election to replace Secretary of State John Kerry.
Markey is running against Republican Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL who spent years in private equity. A recent poll from the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling showed Markey leading Gomez by seven points, 48 percent to 41 percent.
In his endorsement, Obama called Markey a "champion for middle class and working families."
"Ed has a strong record of helping businesses create jobs and making sure that middle class families get ahead. His work on fuel economy standards will save money for American consumers and help reduce our dependence on foreign oil. I share his commitment to common sense efforts to reduce gun violence, and I know he will be a critical vote on this issue. Massachusetts has a long history of Senators who have made a real difference for the Commonwealth and our nation, and I know Ed Markey will continue that great tradition.”