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Obama endorses Rep. Johnson for re-election

Rep. Hank Johnson

Rep. Hank Johnson

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Rep. Hank Johnson now has the support of the White House in his re-election bid.

President Barack Obama endorsed Johnson, a Democrat who represents the 4th Congressional District, which includes the Lilburn and Norcross areas of Gwinnett along with portions of DeKalb and Rockdale.

"Congressman Johnson has done an outstanding job," Obama said Thursday. "Together, we are fighting to renew our economy. Together, we passed historic health care reform. I am proud to stand with Hank and support his re-election."

Johnson has been a strong supporter of Obama, becoming the first member of Congress from Georgia to endorse the then-senator when he announced his race for president.

"I am proud to have President Obama's endorsement," Johnson said. "I am determined to continue our work to move America forward."

Four years ago, Johnson bested controversial former Rep. Cynthia McKinney. But he faces a tough campaign this year, facing several challengers since revealing he battles Hepatitis C.